Opening today at The Met, is a landmark exhibition tracing the collecting habits of Gertrude Stein and her brothers. In early 20th-century Paris, they were among the first to recognize the talents of Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. Gertrude in particular, was thought of as the epicenter of the arts of her day. She held regular Salons at her home in Paris in which artists shared their work with peers and received her criticism. She was a king maker for artists you know today — Cezanne, Degas, Manet, Renoir, and many others.
This exhibition is a unique opportunity to see the Steins’ unparalleled holdings of modern art, bringing together, for the first time in a generation, dozens of works by Matisse, Picasso, Paul Cézanne, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and many others.
The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
February 28 – June 3, 2012