The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde

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As American expatriates living in Paris, the writer Gertrude Stein, her brothers Leo and Michael, and Michael's wife Sarah were absolutely pivotal in shaping the city's vibrant cultural life in the early 20th century. They hosted Saturday evening salons at which the brightest artists, writers, musicians, and collectors convened to discuss the latest developments. They aggressively promoted and collected emerging painters and sculptors, particularly their close friends Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. And along ...

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492 pages, illustrations (chiefly color); 30 cm. Published to accompany an exhibition held at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, May 21 t o September 6, 2011; the Reunion des ... Musees Nationaux-Grand Palais, Paris, October 3, 2011 to January 20, 2012; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, February 21 to June 3, 2012. Firm binding, clean inside copy. OVERSIZE! No priority/international, except by special arrangement. Richly illustrated with colour plates. CONTENTS: Discovering modern art: The Steins' early years in Paris, 1903-1907, by Rebecca Rabinow; Saturday evenings at the Steins', by Emily Braun; Leo Stein before 1914, by Gary Tinterow, assisted by Marci Kwon; Leo without Gertrude, by Martha Lucy; Sarah and Michael Stein, Matisse, and America, by Janet Bishop; Matisse as religion: the "Mike Steins" and Matisse, 1908-1918, by Claudine Grammont; The Steins build: Le Corbusier's villa Stein-de-Monzie, les terrasses, by Carrie Pilto; Gertrude Stein and painting: from Picasso to Picabia, by Cecile Debray; Gertrude Stein and Pablo Picasso: in their own words, by Helene Klein; Gertrude Stein as portrait painter, by Isabelle Alfandary; Alice Toklas and the Gertrude Stein Collection, 1946-1967, by Edward Burns. Chronology, by Kate Mendillo; Sarah Stein's notebook from the Academie Matisse, by Janet Bishop and Carrie Pilto; The Stein residences in photographs; Catalogue of the Stein collections, by Robert McD. Parker. Read more Show Less

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As American expatriates living in Paris, the writer Gertrude Stein, her brothers Leo and Michael, and Michael's wife Sarah were absolutely pivotal in shaping the city's vibrant cultural life in the early 20th century. They hosted Saturday evening salons at which the brightest artists, writers, musicians, and collectors convened to discuss the latest developments. They aggressively promoted and collected emerging painters and sculptors, particularly their close friends Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. And along the way they developed unparalleled holdings in modernist work by such figures as Paul Cézanne, Juan Gris, Francis Picabia, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Lavishly produced and featuring more than 600 images, The Steins Collect is the first comprehensive exploration of the Steins' extraordinary collections and their enduring cultural influence.
The book explores the Steins' impact on art-making and collecting practices in Europe and the United States; the intense sibling rivalries that developed around key artists and ideas; the roots of Leo's aesthetic theories in the thought of William James and Bernard Berenson; Sarah and Michael's role in founding the Académie Matisse; Gertrude's complex relationship with Picasso and their artistic influence on each other; Le Corbusier's radical villa design for the family; and much more. The Steins Collect not only reveals the artistic prescience of this innovative family and their important patronage, but also traces how they created a new international standard of taste for modern art.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780918471871
  • Publisher: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • Publication date: 5/28/2011

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Janet Bishop is curator of painting and sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Cécile Debray is curator of historical collections at the Museé National d'Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris. Rebecca Rabinow is associate curator of 19th-century, modern, and contemporary art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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