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Zelda Sayre FitzgeraldMeantime violets and lilies and pink beauty blows on my canvas and I hope and wait...Devotedly, Zelda.
From a February 1938 letter by Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald to F. Scott Fitzgerald

"Notre Dame, Paris" by Zelda Sayre FitzgeraldDuring the 1940s, four exhibitions of Zelda Fitzgerald's art work - her paintings and paper dolls - were hosted in Montgomery by the Museum of Fine Arts. Reacting to an exhibit of her paper dolls in August 1941, The Montgomery Advertiser declared her work consistent with "the manner of modern French painters." With even more enthusiasm, the newspaper praised a May 1942 exhibition of Zelda's paintings as "showing a more exquisite feeling for color and design. She has evolved a style which is a mixture of Surrealism, Abstraction, and her own originality."

From October 28, 2010, through January 23, 2011, and to coincide with the exhibit Eudora Welty, Exposures and Reflections at Troy University Rosa Parks Museum, The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts presents The Last Belle Standing, displaying its rarely seen collection of Zelda Fitzgerald's oil paintings, water colors and paper dolls. The exhibit "Landscape" by Zelda Sayre Fitzgeraldis presented in conjunction with the Southern Literary Trail and with the support of the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum, a member of the Trail and the couple's only house museum at 919 Felder Avenue in "Gretel (Paper Doll)" and "Hansel (Costume)" by Zelda Sayre FitzgeraldMontgomery. The couple resided in the Old Cloverdale home as Scott outlined Tender is the Night.

Zelda Fitzgerald painted paper dolls and costumes as tributes and gifts, initially for her daughter Scottie. Later, her paper dolls of the 1940s reveal Zelda's unique style and her craftsmanship. The works are mostly whimsical, and all the dolls recall the muscular, graceful figures painted by the Jazz Age icon in her oil paintings that celebrate ballet.

The collection at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts includes American art from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century. Its website database contains 4,000 works of art. The Southern Literary Trail and the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum are grateful to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts for presenting The Last Belle Standing in conjunction with Eudora Welty, Exposures and Reflections. Eudora Welty and Zelda Fitzgerald were gifted visual artists and great contributors to the cultural landscape of the South.

Contact Info:

 

The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

334.240.4353
www.mmfa.org

The F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum
The F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum

334.264.4222
www.fitzgeraldmuseum.net

 

 
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Artwork Credits (Please refer to number in artwork's caption):
  

 

1.  Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald (American,

1900 - 1948).

Notre Dame, Paris, ca. 1944.

Watercolor and graphite on

Academy Board.

Collection of the Montgomery

Museum of Fine Arts.

Gift of Mrs. Frances Fitzgerald

Smith.

1986.4.10

Photograph courtesy of the

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, all rights reserved.

2.  Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald (American,

1900 - 1948).

Landscape, ca. 1945.

Watercolor and graphite on

Academy Board.

Collection of the Montgomery

Museum of Fine Arts.

Gift of Mrs. Frances Fitzgerald

Smith.

1986.4.8

Photograph courtesy of the

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, all rights reserved.

3.  Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald (American,

1900 - 1948).

Gretel (Paper Doll), ca. 1941.

Watercolor and graphite on

Academy Board.

Collection of the Montgomery

Museum of Fine Arts.

Gift of Mrs. Frances Fitzgerald

Smith.

1986.4.4.2

Photograph courtesy of the

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, all rights reserved.

4.  Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald (American,

1900 - 1948).

Hansel (Costume), ca. 1941.

Watercolor and graphite on

Academy Board.

Collection of the Montgomery

Museum of Fine Art.

Gift of Mrs. Frances Fitzgerald

Smith.

1986.4.7.3

Photograph courtesy of the

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, all rights reserved.