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The Cathedrals of Wall Street

Artist:
Florine Stettheimer (American, Rochester, New York 1871–1944 New York, New York)
Date:
1939
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
60 x 50 in. (152.4 x 127 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Ettie Stettheimer, 1953
Accession Number:
53.24.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 902
This work unites various public figures with the major financial establishments of the day, suggesting the close relationship between politics and big business in New York. The reimagined facade of the New York Stock Exchange pays homage to President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the financial leaders Bernard Baruch, John D. Rockefeller, and J. P. Morgan. Perhaps as a warning against the temptations of earthly riches and power, Stettheimer adds a group of Salvation Army workers. The artist also depicts herself; she offers a bouquet of flowers to the brightly gilded sculpture of George Washington outside the former Subtreasury Building.
Inscription: Signed and dated (streamers of bouquet, lower right): To George Washington from Florine/ St/ 1939
the artist, New York (1939–d. 1944); her sister, Ettie Stettheimer, New York (1944–53; her gift to MMA)

Museum of Modern Art, New York. "Florine Stettheimer," October 1–November 17, 1946, unnumbered cat. (p. 48; as "Cathedrals of Wall Street," lent by Miss Ettie Stettheimer, New York).

Hartford, Conn. Wadsworth Atheneum. "Florine Stettheimer," January 9–February 1, 1948, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The 10s, the 20s, the 30s: Inventive Clothes, 1909–1939," December 13, 1973–September 3, 1974, not in catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "14 Americans," July 16, 1990–January 2, 1991, unnum. checklist.

New York. Whitney Museum of American Art. "Florine Stettheimer: Manhattan Fantastica," July 13–November 5, 1995, unnumbered cat. (p. 30; as "Cathedrals of Wall Street").

Roslyn Harbor, N. Y. Nassau County Museum of Art. "Reginald Marsh and Infamous New York," February 19–May 14, 2006, unnumbered cat. (p. 35).

Henry McBride. Florine Stettheimer. Exh. cat., Museum of Modern Art, New York. New York, 1946, pp. 48, 55, ill.

Esther I. Seaver. "Florine Stettheimer and the Gay Twenties." Wadsworth Atheneum Bulletin (January 1948), p. 1.

Parker Tyler. Florine Stettheimer: A Life in Art. New York, 1963, pp. 17, 46, 52, 59, 68, 72, 77–78, 105, 107, 109, 137–38, 144, 152, 181, 184–85, ill. opp. p. 154 (color).

Eleanor Heartney. "Florine Stettheimer: Saints, Esthetes, and Hustlers." Art News 90 (May 1991), p. 95.

Jerry Saltz. "Notes on a Painting. Twilight of the Gods: Florine Stettheimer's 'Cathedrals of Art,' 1942." Arts Magazine 66 (March 1992), p. 22.

Barbara Bloemink. Friends and Family: Portraiture in the World of Florine Stettheimer. Exh. cat., Katonah Museum of Art. Katonah, N. Y., 1993, pp. 16–17.

Elisabeth Sussman in Florine Stettheimer: Manhattan Fantastica. Exh. cat., Whitney Museum of American Art. New York, 1995, pp. 50, 52, 62, 141, ill. pp. 30 (color), 51 (installation photo, the artist's studio).

Barbara Bloemink in Florine Stettheimer: Manhattan Fantastica. Exh. cat., Whitney Museum of American Art. New York, 1995, p. 90.

Linda Nochlin in Florine Stettheimer: Manhattan Fantastica. Exh. cat., Whitney Museum of American Art. New York, 1995, pp. 107–14, 116 n. 30.



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