Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald
Both a writer and an artist, Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald was highly involved in the cultural scene of the roaring twenties alongside her husband, the famous novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald. The two celebrities embodied the carefree and hedonistic attitude of the time, but Zelda began to struggle with severe mental illness and her artistic projects including novels, plays, and art were not as well-received as she had hoped.
Zelda’s granddaughter Eleanor Lanahan described her work, both the written and visual art, as largely autobiographical. In her paintings, she regularly revisited the themes of landscapes, ballet, children’s stories, and religion. In her landscape scenes, she painted both by observation and memory scenes of New York and France where she lived.