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Zelda Fitzgerald presentation
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Most Famous Works
Save Me the Waltz
Many abstract paintings
Her diary entries were also featured in many of F. Scott Fitzgerald's works such as
Side of Paradise
the Beautiful and the Damned.
What did she believe was the purpose of art?
Her life in a shadow
Where did she grow up?
Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald
She grew up in Montgomery,AL. Zelda was raised by her two parents Minerva Buckner "Minnie" Machen and Anthony Dickinson Sayre and was the youngest of six kids. Her parents raised her to be a free -spirited and imaginative, spoiled little girl.
What other artists did she not like? Why?
What personal dramas did she have?
Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald
An American novelist
and wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald, she was the
first American flapper and an icon of the 1920's. They had a daughter named Frances Scott Fitzgerald (Scottie). She wrote many great novels, her only one that was published, she had written in a clinic, while she was being treated for psychological disorders.
Zelda always had trouble fitting in as a child and as an adult. Women than had to be somewhat "docile" and accommodating.
"It's very difficult to be two people at once, one who wants to have a law unto itself and the other who want to keep all the nice old things and be loved and safe and protected." - Z.S.F.
In June 1930, Zelda suffered her first mental breakdown. Soon after, she was diagnosed with schizophrenia and was required to live from then on in a mental hospital. She died at age 47 in a fire at the highland mental hospital in Asheville, North Carolina.
Although her status as the wife of a great American writer and socialite, as well as her sad decline of mental health are perhaps what people remember most about Zelda, it is her artwork that has become her legacy. She very much wanted to have her own talent during her lifetime to live up to her husband, and art historians and experts can now recognize that talent.
Although Zelda Fitzgerald viewed her husband in the highest respect early in their relationship, her anxiety and his pride cause them to resend each other for most of their lives. Their most famous feud was over her novel Save Me the Waltz, which used material Scott had been implicating on his novel Tender is the Night. Scott forced several rewrites of her novel causing it to be a complete failure on the market at the time. This was so upsetting to Zelda, she decided to stop writing completely and turned to painting, so that Scott could no longer interfere with her life.
For Zelda, art was her way of moving past the surface of reality and delve into deeper emotion to reveal the truth of many parts of her life she found hard to expose. It was an escape from her marriage, her extreme anxiety, and her thoughts. However, her daughter Scottie revealed that art never befitted her by saying, "It was my mother’s misfortune to be born with the ability to write, to dance, and to paint, and then never to have acquired the discipline to make her talent work for, rather than against, her". Although this was the reality, her work provides the world with material that is dense, rich, and haunting.