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Exhibition: 'Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters: The Cone Sisters of Baltimore'

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. Although the sisters' taste for modern art was little understood - critics disparaged Matisse at the time and Pablo Picasso was virtually unknown - the Cones followed their passions and amassed one of the world's greatest art collections including artworks by Matisse, Picasso, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, and other modern masters. Tickets: 919-684-4444 or IMAGE BELOW: Henry Matisse, 'Seated Odalisque, Left Knee Bent, Ornamental Background and Checkerboard,' 1928. Oil on canvas, 21 5/8 x 14 7/8 inches. The Baltimore Museum of Art: The Cone Collection, formed by Dr. Claribel Cone and Miss Etta Cone of Baltimore, Maryland, BMA, 1950.255. © 2012 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Contact: Wendy Hower Livingston