“She is one of the greatest women, Jewish-American artists of the 20th century.”

The acclaimed modernist painter, designer, and poet, Florine Stettheimer, was an icon of the 1920s Jazz Age in New York. A renowned saloniste, her elite Manhattan social gatherings played home to the avant-garde likes of Marcel Duchamp, Georgia O’Keeffe, Carl Van Vechten, and many others.

The Jewish Museum‘s current exhibit, Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry, features works from the important American artist’s singular career. Here, associate curator Stephen Brown offers us a closer look at Stettheimer’s “Beauty Contest” (1924) — a complex and vibrant painting representative of one of the nation’s most colorful eras.

Located on New York City’s Museum Mile, the Jewish Museum lies at the intersection of art and Jewish culture for people of all backgrounds. Founded in 1904, the Museum was the first institution of its kind in the United States and one of the oldest Jewish museums in the world.

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