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Over a period of fifty years, sisters Claribel and Etta Cone amassed one of the most acclaimed collections of late-nineteenth and twentieth-century art in America. Dr. Claribel and Miss Etta were two halves of an idiosyncratic teamClaribel bold and assertive and Etta reflective and sensitivewho used the fortunes of their German Jewish immigrant family to seek out works that inspired and pleased them, regardless of public opinion and with only self-taught expertise. This richly illustrated biography documents their lives from a unique perspective: that of their great-niece, who wrote this book with her daughter. Ellen B. Hirschland and Nancy Hirschland Ramage delve into Claribel's and Etta's world, following the sisters through letters and personal stories as they travel to meet some of the artists whose works would turn their adjoining apartments into a gallery. They bought art by Manet, Gauguin, and Cezanne, as well as of Picasso and Matisse, whom they came to know well. The sisters' experiences in Paris from 1901 through the 1920s provide an exceptional view of the bright artistic ferment in the city at that time. They were two Victorian women from Baltimore buying avant-garde masterpieces, attending salons with friends Gertrude and Leo Stein, and building a collection that would initially enrage the conservative people around them. Only with time would their keen eyes and unwavering taste prove them right.
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Ellen B. Hirschland, Nancy Hirschland Ramage
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Northwestern University Press
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Table Of Content
Preface Chapter 1 -- Presenting Miss Etta and Dr. Claribel Chapter 2 -- Impoverished Peddler ato Prosperous Merchant Chapter 3 -- Etta Opens the Door Chapter 4 -- The Decided Doctor Claribel Chapter 5 -- The Roaring Twenties - Collecting at Full Tilt Chapter 6 -- Etta on Her Own Chapter 7 -- Aftermath Sppendices Selected Bibliography
"...a window into the heady early days of modern art."--Bloomsbury Review
"The Cone Sisters of Baltimoreis told with great flair and panache. Ellen Hirschland and Nancy Hirschland Ramage have a superb eye for detail, a taut and witty style, and a wonderful ability to turn a memorable phrase."--Christopher Lane, Northwestern University.