Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters: The Cone Sisters of Baltimore

Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters: The Cone Sisters of Baltimore

Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters: The Cone Sisters of Baltimore premiered on UNC-TV November 22, 2012 at 9:30pm!

Click here to watch the full program online!

Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters: The Cone Sisters of Baltimore is an original UNC-TV production produced in association with the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. The 30-minute documentary is based on the museum’s special exhibition, which runs through February 10, 2013.

Dr. Claribel and Miss Etta Cone were the younger unmarried sisters of Moses and Caesar Cone, who made their fortune from North Carolina textile mills. With the annual allowance provided by their brothers, the two Cone sisters traveled to Paris in the early 1900s, where they bought art directly from avant-garde artists Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse before they had achieved success as artists. Although the sisters' taste for modern art was little understood - critics disparaged Matisse's early work and Picasso was virtually unknown - the Cones followed their passions and amassed one of the world’s greatest private art collections.

At her death, Etta Cone bequeathed the collection of over 3,000 works to The Baltimore Museum of Art. Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters: The Cone Sisters of Baltimore features over 50 of these masterpieces on loan from The Baltimore Museum of Art, including paintings, sculptures and works on paper by Matisse, Picasso, Gauguin, Renoir, van Gogh, Pissarro, Courbet and others.

To learn more about the exhibition, click here to visit the Nasher Museum of Art website.

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