Meantime 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.
During 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
is 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
Montgomery. 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.
View Montgomery: Zelda S. Fitzgerald and
F. Scott Fitzgerald