Portrait of My Aunt, Caroline Walter Neustadter, 1928
Oil on canvas
"Before her death in 1944, Florine Stettheimer requested that all her paintings be destroyed. Fortunately, her family did not heed her wishes. Painted from memory, this portrait depicts Stettheimer’s beloved aunt who had passed away 16 years earlier. The pastel-colored setting, fanciful details, and flourishes incised into the heavy impasto (thick paint) enliven this memorial portrait. Stettheimer’s style has been regarded as naïve-looking yet sophisticated. It inspired comparisons to folk art, which was celebrated by many modern artists in the early 1900s."
Pavonia-Jersey City (1928)
Oil on canvas
'Reginald Marsh's Pavonia-Jersey City shows casual activity in an industrial district in New Jersey. An attractive woman strides along the sidewalk of Pavonia Avenue and catches the attention of two men. Her allure is suggested by not only their gawking, but also the locomotive's whistling smokestack. Her rich red dress and position at the corner of the composition, where the entire weight of its design accumulates, ensure that she is the painting's primary focus.
Born in Paris, Marsh began his career in magazine illustration and worked among the initial staff of The New Yorker. A train enthusiast, the painter often crossed the Hudson River from his Manhattan studio to Jersey City, which had served as a transportation hub since the 19th century.'
Figure et profil
"Another interesting surrealist painting is Figure et profil that left a hint of autobiographical note. How many faces can you see? I see three: one on the left hand side, beside the window; another is the geometrical white figure itself; and the last is the alien – looking black outline – respectively representing Picasso’s progression from classical drawing in early years, then Cubism, and Surrealism later." [Source]