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Saidie May, Pioneer of Early 20th Century Collecting
Biography of woman who lived in Paris from the 1920's through the outbreak of World War II, where she collected art to send to American museums. She gave the first Picasso to any American museum and saved two important European artists from the Holocaust who became important influences on the American Abstract art movement.
Paperback, 318 pages
Published June 2011 by Whitmore Press
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Saidie May and her sister, Blanche Adler, collected art not for their own use but to donate to museums for the benefit of the public. Cousins of the Cone sisters, Claribel and Etta, who bequeathed their amazing collection of Impressionist art to the Baltimore Museum of Art, Saidie and Blanche traveled to France frequently and befriended the struggling artists they met there. Knowing that the Cones planned to leave their collection to the BMA, the sisters concentrated on collecting more modern ar ...more