The Cone Sisters of Baltimore
Collecting at Full Tilt
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 Cézanne, 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.
Praise For The Cone Sisters of Baltimore: Collecting at Full Tilt…
"...a window into the heady early days of modern art."--Bloomsbury Review
Northwestern University Press, 9780810124813, 352pp.
Publication Date: July 3, 2008
About the Author
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.