Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities

Studio Party

Posted in Beinecke Library, Yale Collection of American Literature by beineckepoetry on February 25, 2010

Studio Party, or Soiree, by Florine Stettheimer, (Oil on canvas, 32 x 33.5 inches)

The figures in this painting of a gathering at American artist Florine Stettheimer’s studio would have been recognizable to many friends and visitors to her home; Stettheimer biographer Barbara J. Bloemink identifies the guests at the party and the other images in the room as follows: “At the top left, Ettie [Stettheimer,] Isabell Lachaise, and Maurice Stern gather below a copy of Florine’s Family Portrait No. 1, in which the figure of [her mother] Rosetta and a portion of the central bouquet are visible. On the lower left, Gaston Lachaise and Albert Gleizes, both artists, stand facing a canvas visible to the viewer only from its back. Avery Hopwood and Leo Stein sit in the center area; behind them is the Hindu poet Sankar sitting directly before Stettheimer’s nude self-portrait on a large easel. At the right Mme Gleizes, Florine, and a partial figure wearing a Harlequin costume rest on a red and white couch.” (Barbara J. Bloemink, The Life and Art of Florine Stettheimer, New Haven: Yale University Press,1995, p. 96).

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  1. marc magisana said, on February 27, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    sankar looks like he escaped from a Munch painting

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