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Description - The Cone Sisters of Baltimore by Ellen B. Hirschland

Over a period of thirty years, sisters Claribel and Etta Cone amassed one of the most acclaimed collections of twentieth-century art in America. Dr. Claribel and Miss Etta were two halves of an idiosyncratic team - Claribel bold and assertive and Etta reflective and sensitive - who used the fortunes of their German Jewish immigrant family to seek out works that inspired and pleased them, regardless of public opinion and without a background in art.This richly illustrated biography documents their lives from a unique perspective: that of their great-niece as told to their great-great-niece. Ellen Hirschland and her daughter Nancy Hirschland Ramage delve into Claribel and Etta's world, following the sisters through letters and personal stories as they travel to meet some of the artists whose work would turn their adjoining apartments into a gallery. They bought works of Manet, Gauguin, Seurat, Rodin, and Degas (among others) and struck up friendships with Picasso and Matisse. The sisters' experiences in Paris in the 1910s and 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 art in the City of Lights, attending salons with friends Gertrude and Leo Stein, and building a collection that would initially puzzle the art world. Only with time would their keen eyes and unwavering taste for masterpieces prove indisputably fine.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780810124813
ISBN-10: 0810124815
Format: Hardback
Pages: 352
Imprint: Northwestern University Press
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publish Date: 15-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Ellen B. Hirschland

Ellen B. Hirschland (1919-99) was an art history teacher, a collector of nineteenth-and twentieth-century art, and a frequent lecturer on the Cone sisters and on modern art. As the great-niece of the sisters, in 1936 she traveled with Etta Cone to Paris, where she met artists, dealers, and collectors and struck up a friendship with Henri Matisse. Nancy Hirschland Ramage is the Charles A. Dana Professor of the Humanities and Arts emerita at Ithaca College. She too is an art historian, and has written and lectured widely in her fields of Greek and Roman art and eighteenth-century neoclassicism.