Letting people have your paintings is like letting them wear your clothes - Florine Stettheimer
Florine Stettheimer (August 29, 1871 – May 11, 1944) was an American painter, designer, Jazz Age saloniste and poet. With her sisters, Carrie and Ettie, she hosted a salon for modernists in Manhattan, which included Marcel Duchamp, Henry McBride, Carl Van Vechten and Georgia O'Keeffe. She confined most exhibitions of her own work to these gatherings, occasionally submitting work to the Society of Independent Artists. Cushioned by family resources, Stettheimer refrained from self-promotion and considered her painting "an entirely private pursuit". She intended to have her works destroyed after her death, a wish defied by her sister Ettie, her executor.
For a long time I gave myself To the arrested moment To the unfulfilled moment To the moment of quiet expectation I painted the trance moment The promise moment The moment in the balance In mellow golden tones . . . Then I saw Time Noise Color Outside me Around me Knocking me Jarring me Hurting me Rousing me Smiling Singing Forcing me in joy to paint them . . .