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The Art of JAMA
July 28, 2015

Portrait of My Teacher, Fräulein Sophie von PrieserFlorine Stettheimer

JAMA. 2015;314(4):322-323. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.11881

The dreamlike spectacle that can pop from a painting by Florine Stettheimer (1871-1944) defies easy description. What to make, for example, of the merry group in Sunday Afternoon in the Country that includes a guest gleefully performing a handstand under a pink cotton candy–like tree, and another lying lopsided on his back with a precariously balanced parasol? There seems to be little place for the dour and dismal here, and part of the fun is the stories that suggest themselves in these sometimes psychedelic scenarios. It’s all in the spirit of savoring the joys of life.

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