Florine's Love Flight

Shortly before the Old year turned into the New one I had the chance to spend some quality time with Florine Stettheimer's Love Flight of a Pink Candy Heart at the DIA. Fittingly, this is the painting that made me fall in love with her in the first place.

The woman on the balcony is Florine herself, reminiscing about her various love affairs, both actual and imaginary. It's wistful, fanciful and delightful.

I've left the images large so that you can enjoy the many fine details of this work. As far as I can tell, these are the only images of their kind online. Florine and her paintings have (so far) been regretfully overlooked.


I have to include an image with part of the frame. It adds a near-divine dimension to this romantic reverie.



And finally, one of Cupid:

10 comments:

tamara said...

That painting is absolutely made of awesome! Thanks for turning me on to someone I'd never even heard of before!
::And to think, I took two years of art history in college! for shame..:::

Stitch said...

wow. I'm sad that I don't think I learned anything about her in my Women in Art course in college. I like this immensely.

Eleni said...

Ooh, I do like a cupid in a bow tie :)

Deb said...

Florine is so beautiful? I love this work! Thank you for sharing it with us.

jeanne said...

Thanks for making me aware of her - love the details!

Knitting is Gluten Free said...

Thanks to the link on The Yarn Harlot blog, I found your blog. Your work, writing and photography is beautiful.

Florine Stettheimer -- wonderful work. Thank you for sharing these. Oh, those colors. I want to combine and knit those colors.

Jason Lahman said...

This is the painting that got me hooked on Florine! I was a student at CCS at the time. Be sure to check out Barbara Bloemink's book on Florine's life and art. It's out of print and very expensive but you can get it from a good library. Absolutely packed with incredible info. I now live in SF and we have a big Gertrude Stein exhibition at our MOMA. Florine's delicate little maquettes and set designs for the opera "4 Saints in 3 Acts" are on display. Such a treat!

andrealynne said...

I LOVE that I'm not the only one who is obsessed with this painting! I just went to visit it a few weeks ago, and got a few other people obsessed with it. <3 Now I'm obsessed with your phone cover!

Randy Goff said...

A genius of 20th-century art, or of any century. She crafted and honed her own, individual way and achieved a unique vision of the world. Certainly her achievements rival and often surpass all of her contemporaries. Her "Portrait of Myself" (1923) is the greatest self-portait ever painted.

Randy Goff said...

A genius of 20th-century art, or of any century. She crafted and honed her own, individual way and achieved a unique vision of the world. Certainly her achievements rival and often surpass all of her contemporaries. Her "Portrait of Myself" (1923) is the greatest self-portait ever painted.