A Modern Influence: Henri Matisse, Etta Cone, and Baltimore is the primary complete exhibition to discover the singular 43-year friendship between Baltimore collector Etta Cone (1870–1949) and French fashionable grasp Henri Matisse (1869–1954). Their relationship laid the muse for the BMA’s Matisse collection of greater than 1,200 work and works on paper — the most important public assortment of the artist’s work on the planet.
Etta Cone first visited Matisse’s Paris studio in January 1906. She instantly felt a kinship with Matisse, bought two drawings throughout the go to, and returned a number of weeks later to buy one other drawing and watercolor. Cone’s older sister, Claribel (1864–1929) additionally got here to know Matisse; collectively, the 2 sisters collected roughly 700 works, together with work comparable to “Blue Nude” (1907), “The Yellow Dress” (1929–31), and “Large Reclining Nude” (1935).
Following Claribel’s loss of life, Matisse traveled to Baltimore in 1930, and, for the primary time, noticed the spectacular holdings that the Cone sisters had already acquired. It’s seemingly that in this go to Etta additionally talked about her curiosity in supporting the BMA. From this level, Matisse started to create and supply Etta works together with her assortment and the museum in thoughts.
The exhibition precedes the December 2021 opening of the Ruth R. Marder Center for Matisse Studies on the BMA, which is able to permit for better public and scholarly engagement with the museum’s Matisse assortment.
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