Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Simply Fabulous

The Cathedrals of Art
A Portrait of the New York Art World in 1941

The Cathedrals of Fifth Avenue
A Newly Wedded Couple Emerges to Begin a Life of Excess

The Cathedrals of Wall Street
Suggestive Portrait from 1953 Joining Politics and Big Business

Photos Taken By Us

Today we went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.  An unbelievable museum.  So inspired by so many works throughout.  Ready to break out our paints and easels.  I was taken by the artist featured above Florine Stettheimer.  Mainly due to the fact that her subject matter seemed incredibly relevant today.  Born a member of high society, her work often commented on the mixing of big business and politics, and people living a life of excess.  Funny how after yesterdays post it is a situation that seems to be coming to a head.  
Florine Stettheimer was born in 1871.  She had one showing of her work that was a critical failure.  After this she only showed her work privately, but it was thought that this failure pushed her work to a more mature place.  She chose to never sell any of her pieces.  She died in 1944 at the age of 73 and asked for all of her works to be destroyed upon her death.  Fortunately for us the request was not honored and her work can be seen in many museums today.  


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