Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters: The Cone Sisters of Baltimore

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Striped Robe, Fruit, and Anemones, 1940 Oil On Canvas 21 5/8 X 25 5/8 Inches (54.9 X 65.1 Cm) © Courtesy of The Baltimore Museum of Art
Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters: The Cone Sisters of Baltimore

2001 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705
November 4th, 2012 - February 10th, 2013
Opening: November 4th, 2012 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

United States
Tue-Wed; Fri-Sat 10-5; Thu 10-9; Sun 12-5
works on paper, sculpture


Henri Matisse fondly called Dr. Claribel and Miss Etta Cone “my two Baltimore ladies.” The two Cone sisters began buying art directly out of the Parisian studios of avant-garde artists in 1905. At a time when critics disparaged Matisse, and Pablo Picasso was virtually unknown, the Cones followed their passions and amassed one of the world’s greatest art collections. The exhibition tells this story and features more than 50 of these masterpieces–including paintings, sculptures and works on paper by Matisse, Picasso, Gauguin, Renoir, van Gogh, Pissarro, Courbet and more–on loan from The Baltimore Museum of Art.

In addition to modern masterpieces, the exhibition includes textiles and decorative arts from Europe, Asia and Africa that the Cones collected, as well as photographs and archival materials to highlight the remarkable lives of these sisters. Also featured in the exhibition will be an interactive virtual tour of their adjoining Baltimore apartments, showing their remarkable collection as it was displayed in their home.

All works are from the collection of The Baltimore Museum of Art: The Cone Collection, formed by Dr. Claribel Cone and Miss Etta Cone of Baltimore, Maryland.

Gallery Closed Christmas Day & New Years Day