Zelda–Watercolors by Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald from the Permanent Collection
June 20 through August 23, 2015
Montgomery was the birthplace of one of the best-known figures of the Jazz Age, Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, who with her husband, the novelist Scott Fitzgerald, found significant fame but little good fortune. During their early married life they traveled and socialized with the European and American creative elite, but their lifestyle took its toll on them both. Each eventually fell victim to substance abuse and mental illness. Like Scott, Zelda was able to take some comfort in creative endeavors, which for her included paintings in oil and watercolor. The Montgomery Museum holds 25 watercolors created by the artist in the 1940s, many of them paper dolls that she made for her grandchildren. These fragile works on paper are rarely on view, but the Museum will install them this summer to celebrate the artist, and her life.
Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald (American, 1900–1948), Landscape, ca. 1945, watercolor and graphite on paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of Mrs. Frances Fitzgerald Smith, 1986.4.8