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Exhibitions

Zelda

March 24 through May 31, 2020

On view in the Folmar and Newman Galleries

The novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald referred to his wife Zelda as “the first American flapper.” For the public, their extravagant, well documented escapades of the 1920s still epitomize the Jazz Age. Zelda eventually turned her own creative energies to writing, dancing, and the visual arts, but her efforts were overshadowed by the acclaim accorded her husband. Eventually, an obsessive pursuit of perfection led to mental illness that haunted her for the rest of her life. Creating art was a valued means of personal expression and solace while she underwent treatment, and her paintings help viewers understand her eventful life.

This exhibition will feature oil paintings made by the artist in Montgomery at the end of her life, along with examples of her watercolor paper dolls. The works are part of the Museum’s permanent collection and among those given to the Museum in 1986 by Scottie Fitzgerald Smith, daughter of Zelda and F. Scott.

Organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama.

Sponsors

Lead Sponsor

Carolyn and Dr. Alfred J. Newman, Jr.

Co-Sponsor

MAX Wealth Management.

Related Program

An Afternoon with Zelda

Sunday, March 29
2–4 PM

Music aficionados and the young-at-heart are invited to join us in celebrating the opening of the Zelda exhibition with an afternoon of jazz music, an art project inspired by her famous paper dolls, and curator-led tours of the galleries.

Exhibition preview

Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald (American, 1900–1948), Ballerinas, ca. 1933, oil on canvas, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of the artist, 1942.3

 

Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald (American, 1900–1948), Erwaine (Costume), ca. 1941, watercolor and graphite on paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of Mrs. Frances Fitzgerald Smith, 1986.4.5.1

 

Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald (American, 1900–1948), Notre Dame, Paris, ca. 1944, watercolor and graphite on paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of Mrs. Frances Fitzgerald Smith, 1986.4.10

 

Featured image:

Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald (American, 1900–1948), Candler, N.C., ca. 1945, watercolor and graphite on paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of Mrs. Frances Fitzgerald Smith, 1986.4.11