A journalistic account of two people obsessed with trees and the soil they live in. A true delight for a plant geek, such as myself, yet also enterta A journalistic account of two people obsessed with trees and the soil they live in. A true delight for a plant geek, such as myself, yet also entertaining all around them. When not delving deeply into the how’s of nature, Hope opens up her own canopy and presents the difficulties that come with being a female scientist in a sexist field of study. Her madcap assistant, Bill, was probably my favorite part of the book. The dialogue between these two were often LOL reads and one can really get the unexpressed love between them. Hope becomes quite successful in time, a professor, award winning scientist, mother, wife and forever buddy to Bill, her perpetual sidekick in all things lab related. I’m already seeing another Kate Hudson and Matthew Mc Conaughey pair up on the big screen for this. ...more
THE CONE SISTERS OF BALTIMORE : Collecting At Full Tilt by Ellen B. Hirschland & Nancy Hirschland Ramage – Northwestern University Press / 0-8101-THE CONE SISTERS OF BALTIMORE : Collecting At Full Tilt by Ellen B. Hirschland & Nancy Hirschland Ramage – Northwestern University Press / 0-8101-2481-5 / 271 pps (with Bibliography, Footnotes and Appendixes) / $34.95
I think this is my most enjoyed book of the year. Etta and Claribel Cone are a delightful duo. Told by the niece and great niece, this is the life of two “spinster” sisters who amassed a staggering collection of art from “radical, disreputable artists” that eventually became its own wing at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Their father and mother were Jewish immigrants from Germany with a history of hard work, success and generosity. Via their inheritance (and a substantial allowance from their successful brother’s textiles business), they start collecting art from, at the time, unappreciated artists such as Picasso, Degas, Matisse, Van Gogh, Renoir, Cezanne, and other, as yet, famous artists of the early 1900’s. Most art echelons thought them crazy and monetarily wasteful , scoffing at their art selections only to grovel later to acquire their collection for their representative museums. They bought whatever they liked, with little, if any, concern as to future value. Though extremely prim and proper themselves, they never shied away from provocative art, hanging several nudes prominently in their apartments, such as Matisse’s “Blue Nude”, which caused scandalous reviews & the burning of copies in effigy by Chicago art students. Etta first Travelled to Paris, where she met Gertrude and Leo Stein, who subsequently introduced her to Picasso and Matisse. The rest, as they say, is history. Binding friendships soon ensued and Etta began the collection with five paintings by Theodore Robinson in 1898. With Leo as her first and foremost advisor, Etta is soon snapping up piece after piece, mostly to help financially strapped artists. Soon, nearly every available inch of their small, adjoining Marlborough building apartments in Baltimore was covered in art of all sizes, even the bathroom. (Imagine hanging a Matisse in your bathroom?) Claribel earned a degree in medicine and worked as a physician at the Philadelphia Hospital for the Insane. She also studied Botany and became a lecturer and professor of pathology and pathological history while also working at the college’s hospital. She never had patients, only taught. Etta, the youngest of 11 children, was an accomplished pianist and her parent’s keeper until their deaths, hence her more timid and demure nature. Via both their friendships with Stein, they were active in Women’s Suffrage, yet, ironically, renowned for their eccentric attire, favoring their long black skirts and white petticoats, where a secret pocket kept all their traveling and art buying money. Their sexuality was often questioned, assuredly due to their friendship with Gertrude, but never an issue, (though Stein’s lover, Alice B. Toklas remained jealous of the friendship throughout.) Claribel died first, willing her collection to Etta, who died in 1949. Prior to her death, Etta was courted relentlessly for her art collection but it eventually was donated to their hometown museum. The Cone wing at the Baltimore Museum of Art now contains over 3000 works, 500 of which are by Matisse with an estimated value of one billion dollars. Included in all the family history and personals are quite elaborate histories behind the art pieces they bought, excerpts from actual letters from Matisse, Gertrude Stein, and the sisters themselves, and Ellen’s own memories of trips with her aunts to buy art and tour Paris. Within the appendixes are Claribel’s “Introductory Address to the Medical Class of the Woman’s Medical College” from 1896, a list of her published papers, several writings on their collection from American artist, Shelby Shackelford and John Hopkins Professor of Philosophy, George Boas. The book is oversized, (an excellent coffee table book) and loaded with color reproductions of many of their pieces. A fascinating read that gives me further impetus to buy, buy, buy.. even if everyone thinks I’m crazy and monetarily wasteful.
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Informative (and depressing..where have they all gone?) with good pictures, information and research. Plus, they're local! Too bad it's not pocket-si Informative (and depressing..where have they all gone?) with good pictures, information and research. Plus, they're local! Too bad it's not pocket-size. Good hiking reference....more
Contains my poem "Now Look What You Have Done" and works by; Renee A. Ashley, Mary Shen Barnidge, Carol Barrett, Ahn Behrens, Ellen E. Behrens, Gina BeContains my poem "Now Look What You Have Done" and works by; Renee A. Ashley, Mary Shen Barnidge, Carol Barrett, Ahn Behrens, Ellen E. Behrens, Gina Bergamino, Norma Blair, Karen Bowden, Ann Bronson, Marilyn Elain Carmen, Marie Carter, Naomi Feigelson Chase, Elayne Clift, Donna Decker, Denise Duhamel, Eileen Elliott, Barbara Foster, Lott Gauld, Phyllis Gershator, Suzanne Grieco, Susan Hawthorne, Barbara Ittner, Nancy Izawa, Linda Keller, Tama J. Kieves, Willa Koretz, Paula Legendre, Karen Leslie, Iris Litt, Ceil Malek, Chris Mandell, G. Marault, Cris Mazza, Yona Zeldis McDonough, Anne Meisenzahl, Beverly G. Merrick, Meredith Moore, Caitlin Morrell, Rusane Morrison, Rochelle Natt, Jo Jane Pitt, Mary Kay Porterfield, Vickie C. Posey, Pamela Pratt, Elisavietta Ritchie, Elspeth Mareon Ritchie, Candice Rowe, Carol Ann Russell, Joanne Seltzer, Judith Serin, Sharon F. Seur, Nina Silver, Barbara M. Simon, Nancy Crescenzo Simons, Laurel Speer, Alison Stone, Magi Stone, Patti Tana, Lenore Walker, Nancy J. Wallace, Elizabeth Weber, S.L. Wisenberg, Fabian Worsham, Marilyn Zuckerman, ...more