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MacDowell Colony, 100 High St, Peterborough, NH 03458
Beth Olom Cemetery Ridgewood, Queens County, New York, USA

Florence Esther Dreyfous (October 25, 1868 – September 11, 1950) was an American painter who studied and spent most of her life in New York City.[1]

Florence Esther Dreyfous was born in New York City on October 25, 1868 to Alida Gomez (1833–1907) and Joseph Andrew Dreyfous (1832-1891), both of Sephardic Jewish ancestry.[2] The family would also include daughters—Adele (1859–1879) and Gertrude (1862-1949)-- and son Walter (1861-1924). Through their mother, the family would become involved in litigation against a distant relative, Horatio Gomez, who administered a family estate beginning in 1865, but never gave other family members and accounting and also entered into various below-market long-term leases, so a court appointed a referee to investigate his administration in 1891.[3] Dreyfous studied at the Chase School of Art and with Robert Henri at the Henri School of Art, as well as with contemporary miniaturist Theodora W. Thayer(1868-1905).[4]

Mildred by Florence Dreyfous

In 1903 and 1904, Dreyfous exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.[4] She also exhibited two of her watercolors, A boy and Mildred, at the landmark 1913 International Exhibition of Modern Art.[5] Between 1916 and 1932, Dreyfous exhibited at the MacDowell Club, Society of Independent Artists, Morton Gallery in New York, Salons of America and the Opportunity Gallery, all in New York.[4] In November and December 1921, a watercolor exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum of Art also included her work.[6]

Dreyfous died September 11, 1950, and is buried with her parents and siblings at historic Beth Olom cemetery[7] in Queens County, New York.

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