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York City presentation, the exhibition will be on view in Toronto from October 21, 2017 to January 28, 2018. “Stettheimer has sometimes been type- cast as a lightweight feminine artist with a whimsical bent,” notes Stephen Brown, Neubauer Family Foundation Associate Curator, e Jewish Museum. “is view is belied by her powerful thinking of por- 28 PORTFOLIO MAGAZINE traiture and her astute adaptation of Eu- ropean vanguard ideas, most notably Sym- bolism, to uniquely American imagery.” Born to a wealthy Jewish family in Rochester, New York, Stettheimer stud- ied at the Art Students League in New York City and then in Europe, where she encountered two profound influences: the Symbolist painters and poets, and the Ballets Russes. Stettheimer’s return to New York in 1914, as World War I began, was a turning point for the artist, who was then in her mid-40s. She made her New York art debut with a 1916 solo show at the prestigious Knoedler Gallery, but it proved disappointing, attracting lukewarm press and no sales. She and her sisters Carrie and Ettie, and their mother,