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Florine Stettheimer : “Carl Van Vechten” (1922)

Museum Quality Giclée on Fine Art Paper

  • Matte Finish does not pick up glare from interior lighting
  • Smooth Surface maximizes sharpness and preserves detail
  • Accent Borders display the artwork uncropped and ready to mat
  • In-house Printing assures artistic quality standards

Florine Stettheimer defies easy categorization. Growing up in a wealthy family of strong, educated women, she received extensive training in art beginning at age 15. She learned to paint traditionally at the Art Students League in New York from 1892-1895. In 1906 she traveled to Europe with her family, where she encountered the modernists and experimented in a variety of newer styles, including Symbolism, Fauvism and Pointillism. Following a 1912 production of L’Aprés-Midi d’un Faune by the Ballets Russe in Paris, she embarked on an inventive career as a tvechtenrical designer.

She returned to New York in 1914. Following an unsuccessful solo exhibition in 1916, she developed a uniquely feminine, faux naïf style, characterized by elongated figures, stage-like settings and bold, unmixed color. These mature works, beloved for their idiosyncratic subjects and eccentric humor, reflect her experiences and observations of fashionable urban life in Jazz Age America. Her financial independence allowed her to shun the art market, but at the expense of publicity for her work.

This piece depicts her friend, the writer, photographer, and patron of the Harlem Renaissance, Carl Van Vechten. Seated in his apartment, he is surrounded by symbols of his life and work. A cat perches atop a stack of his books, including his book about cats, The Tiger in the House. At top, a pudgy version of Van Vechten serves food, alluding both to his love of cooking and his tendency to gain and lose weight. His apartment contains an extensive book collection, a piano representing his music criticism, and a shrine to his wife, the actress Fania Marinoff, whom he described as “the only one that I have ever found who completely satisfies me.” The keys on the typewriter sign the painting, “Florine Stettheimer 1922.”

Product Information

Expect crisp detail and vivid color from our giclée process fine art prints. We use archival pigment inks on cotton fiber paper to achieve a wide color gamut, deep blacks and beautiful tonal transitions. Unlike posters, they will not fade or yellow, but maintain their original quality for as long as you own them.

How to Frame

Historical artworks were produced in whatever shapes and sizes best suited the artists and their patrons, and these rarely correspond to the proportions of modern, mass-produced frames. Most reproductions sold on the web are cropped to an arbitrary standard, compromising the integrity of the original artwork. We solve this by using accent borders to make up any differences in proportion.

Framing may be as simple as inserting the print into a standard size frame with the borders showing. In many cases, our customers choose to have them matted. Borders allow space for framers to mount the print while covering little, if any, of the artwork. Our images are sized to provide desirable mat widths in common frames.

Sizes 9” x 12”, 12” x 16”, and 16” x 20” are designed to be matted in larger frames, such as 11” x 14”, 16” x 20” and 20” x 24”, respectively. Larger prints may be matted in frames of equal size, the borders corresponding to the shape of the mat. Where the artwork is unusually square or narrow, other sizes may be preferred.

If our sizing does not meet your requirements, we provide customization free of charge. Please contact us to discuss the details.

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Returns Policy

If you are unhappy with your order for any reason, you are welcome to return it within 60 days for a full refund. Please contact us and return your item(s) to: The Ibis 809 Grant Street Endicott, NY 13760

Your return will be processed on receipt.
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