Exhibit Information

Jewish Museum

Address 1109 Fifth Avenue @92nd Street
New York, NY 10128

Click here for quick directions
Phone Number 212-423-3200

Website http://www.thejewishmuseum.org


Opening: 6 May 2011 - Closing: 25 September 2011


The Cone Sisters of Baltimore



What was it with those German-Jews in Baltimore?


Why did they have to go off to Paris, when they could look at Remarkable-Architecture in nearby Washington, DC?


Gertrude Stein liked Paris so much, she stayed-on.


Her brother, Leo Stein, also loved Paris, but, even more, he loved the Modernist-Paintings of such emerging-talents as Henri Matisse & Pablo Picasso.


Fortunately for the Baltimore Museum of Art, he introduced their Baltimore friends, Dr. Claribel & Etta Cone to those potent painters, as well as to other geniuses of the Parisian Avant-Garde.


The Cone Sisters had both the time & the wealth to travel extensively. But they weren’t just Sight-Seeing. In Italy & Around the World, they acquired important Art-Works & Objects


In Paris, they became both Patrons & Friends of Matisse & Picasso. They bought some 100 works by Picasso, from his early years in Paris & before that, in Barcelona.


They collected Mattise’s works throughout his Career. There were finally 500 works by Matisse. Of course, he visited them in Baltimore!


Initially, Impressionists, Fauvists, Cubists, & other Avant-Gardists were derided by Paris & Continental Critics. But the Cone Sisters didn’t worry about the Reviews. They followed their Eyes & their Hearts in their acquisitions.


At last, they had some 3,000 artworks & objects—from many places they had traveled, not just from Paris—but these works couldn’t remain in their adjoining Baltimore-Apartments forever.


The Surviving-Sister, Etta Cone, wondered whether the Taste of her Fellow-Baltimoreans had advanced enough to appreciate their Collection.


Both MoMA & the Met Museum were eager to have the Cone-Collection gifted to them.


But Etta Cone finally decided in favor of the Baltimore Museum of Art, also leaving them some $400,000 to construct a New-Wing for these fabulous artworks!


You can now see over 500 of them at the Jewish Museum…

<- Back