Curator‘s Comments

Stettheimer, a painter, poet, and set designer, was active in New York in the 1920s and 1930s. Here, she depicts her friend, the art critic Henry McBride (1858–1962), as an elegant gentleman seated in an antique rocking chair. Miniature, cinematic scenes surround him, suggesting his affectionate wit and recalling works by his favorite American artists—Winslow Homer, John Marin, Gaston Lachaise, and Charles Demuth. The scorecard in McBride’s hands suggests his sporting passion as well as his role as art-world judge. Stettheimer only showed her work to her close friends and admirers, including avant-garde artists Marcel Duchamp, Marsden Hartley, and Alfred Stieglitz. When her sister, Ettie, gave the painting to the Museum, she wrote, “I also asked Henry McB. whether he thought he would be happy among your hundreds of young ladies and he thought he would, so I am very glad to present him to you.”

Florine Stettheimer. American, 1871–1944

Henry McBride, Art Critic, 1922

Oil on canvas

Gift of Ettie Stettheimer, the artist’s sister

ID Number: SC 1951:198