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The Art of Acquiring: A Portrait of Etta & Claribel Cone

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Overview

For four and a half decades, Etta and Claribel Cone roamed artists' studios and art galleries in Europe, building one of the largest, most important art collections in the world. At one time, these two independently wealthy Jewish women from Baltimore received offers from virtually every prominent art museum in the world, all anxious to house their hitherto private assemblage of modern art. In 1949, they awarded all their holdings to the Baltimore Museum of Art. In 2002, that collection was valued at nearly $1 billion, making them two of the most philanthropic art collectors of our age. Yet, for complex reasons, the story of the Cone sisters has never been fully or accurately told.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
“A captivating biography that covers Gertrude Stein’s influence on the obscure sisters Etta and Claribel Cone, [their] tireless European travels to artists’ studios and galleries, and, most notably, the interdependence of collectors and artists. Reuters reporter Gabriel (Notorious Victoria, LJ 11/15/97) has given life to the Cone sisters . . . Highly recommended.”
Publishers Weekly
"By inviting us to view early 20th-century painting through the Cones' eyes and by adeptly weaving the threads of their life stories into the larger fabric of the social and artistic history of their time, Gabriel complicates our understanding of the inner lives of these outwardly conventional women and of the relationship between art and its audience."
Michael Palin
“A highly readable combination of insights on collecting, and fresh, well-rounded portraits of two remarkable collectors, whom she brings unforgettably to life . . . A tremendous help to us in preparing the Cone Sisters film.” (MICHAEL PALIN IS THE HOST/PRODUCER OF THE BBC DOCUMENTARY "MICHAEL PALIN & THE LADIES WHO LOVED MATISSE)
Hilary Spurling
"Mary Gabriel's tale of two sisters is a true romance. It is stranger than fiction, smoothly constructed, racily written, and especially touching in its portrait of the shy and retiring younger sister. Both sisters, I hope, will now take their rightful place among the great visionary collectors of the twentieth century." (HILARY SPURLING IS THE AUTHOR OF THE ACCLAIMED TWO-PART BIOGRAPHY "THE UNKNOWN MATISSE" AND "THE MASTER MATISSE"
Elizabeth Millard, Foreward Magazine, the Magazine of Independent Publishing
"With sparkling prose, Gabriel traces the lives of the Victorian pair, from their privileged upbringing to the rise of their passion in collecting Picasso, Cezanne, Renoir, Degas, and Gaughin. Most striking is Etta's contribution to the life of Matisse, whose work she collected before anyone else even took him seriously. For anyone with an interest in art history, or just good storytelling, Gabriel's biography proves an excellent acquisition."
Library Journal
“A captivating biography that covers Gertrude Stein’s influence on the obscure sisters Etta and Claribel Cone, [their] tireless European travels to artists’ studios and galleries, and, most notably, the interdependence of collectors and artists. Reuters reporter Gabriel (Notorious Victoria, LJ 11/15/97) has given life to the Cone sisters . . . Highly recommended.”
Publishers Weekly
"By inviting us to view early 20th-century painting through the Cones' eyes and by adeptly weaving the threads of their life stories into the larger fabric of the social and artistic history of their time, Gabriel complicates our understanding of the inner lives of these outwardly conventional women and of the relationship between art and its audience."
Michael Palin
“A highly readable combination of insights on collecting, and fresh, well-rounded portraits of two remarkable collectors, whom she brings unforgettably to life . . . A tremendous help to us in preparing the Cone Sisters film.” (MICHAEL PALIN IS THE HOST/PRODUCER OF THE BBC DOCUMENTARY "MICHAEL PALIN & THE LADIES WHO LOVED MATISSE)
Hilary Spurling
"Mary Gabriel's tale of two sisters is a true romance. It is stranger than fiction, smoothly constructed, racily written, and especially touching in its portrait of the shy and retiring younger sister. Both sisters, I hope, will now take their rightful place among the great visionary collectors of the twentieth century." (HILARY SPURLING IS THE AUTHOR OF THE ACCLAIMED TWO-PART BIOGRAPHY "THE UNKNOWN MATISSE" AND "THE MASTER MATISSE"
Elizabeth Millard, Foreward Magazine, the Magazine of Independent Publishing
"With sparkling prose, Gabriel traces the lives of the Victorian pair, from their privileged upbringing to the rise of their passion in collecting Picasso, Cezanne, Renoir, Degas, and Gaughin. Most striking is Etta's contribution to the life of Matisse, whose work she collected before anyone else even took him seriously. For anyone with an interest in art history, or just good storytelling, Gabriel's biography proves an excellent acquisition."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781890862060
  • Publisher: Bancroft Press
  • Publication date: 9/8/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 260
  • Sales rank: 538,725
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Gabriel, an art-minded journalist and women's historian, has, at long last, brought the little-known sisters to life, and shone the spotlight on their remarkable achievements.

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