Fifty pieces of Zelda Fitzgerald’s artwork, including “gouache on paper, storybook illustrations, New York cityscapes, religious scenes and colorful paper dolls,” are on display at Jamaica’s Queens Library Gallery until November 7.
Fitzgerald, who was born in Montgomery, Ala. began painting as a teenage girl but “tossed her talents aside in 1920 when she became the charming, reckless and highly quotable wife of the talented F. Scott Fitzgerald,” according to an exhibit biography.
In 1924 the couple traveled to France, where Zelda mingled with local artists. Twelve years later, after being diagnosed as schizophrenic, she entered a mental hospital in Asheville, N.C. Fitzgerald dedicated the last decade of her life to her artwork.
For the past nine years Eleanor Lanahan [Fitzgerald’s granddaughter] has been dedicated to bringing Zelda’s work to the public’s attention. In 1995 she helped put together the book Zelda, an Illustrated Life: The Private World of Zelda Fitzgerald, which is full of the artist’s paintings, mostly flower still lifes and landscapes.