Stevenson, Florence Ezzell – American painter

Florence Ezzell Stevenson (American, 1894 to 1974)

Florence Ezzell Stevenson, born and raised in Alabama, she attended the Tuscaloosa Conservatory of Art and Music and the Art Institute of Chicago. After a decade-long departure from art (during which she raised her family), she made a triumphant return at the All-Illinois Society of the Fine Arts in 1928. One jury member proclaimed, ‘The most stimulating of the pictures in the show are a pair of still lifes by Florence Ezzell Stevenson’. She would go on to exhibit at a variety of regional and national venues, including the 1933 Century of Progress World’s Fair and the Smithsonian Institution. In 1932, the All-Illinois Society of the Fine Arts mounted an exhibit in Chicago focusing on the work of Stevenson. She also created cover art for The Literary Digest, La Revue Moderne (Paris), The Art World, and the Christian Science Monitor.

Information courtesy of Cowan’s Auctions May 2005

Florence Stevenson was born in Alabama and was active there as well. She also worked in Chicago and designed covers for many popular publications, including Literary Digest and The Art World. She was elected to be one of the fifteen female artists in Chicago to be included in the first edition of Who’s Who of American Women.

Information courtesy of Cowan’s Auctions, October 2006

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