The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-garde

Author(s): Janet Bishop

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As American expatriates living in Paris, the writer Gertrude Stein, her brothers Leo and Michael, and Michael's wife Sarah were absolutely pivotal in shaping the city's vibrant cultural life in the early 20th century. They hosted Saturday evening salons at which the brightest artists, writers, musicians, and collectors convened to discuss the latest developments. They aggressively promoted and collected emerging painters and sculptors, particularly their close friends Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. And along the way they developed unparalleled holdings in modernist work by such figures as Paul Cezanne, Juan Gris, Francis Picabia, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Lavishly produced and featuring more than 600 images, "The Steins Collect" is the first comprehensive exploration of the Steins' extraordinary collections and their enduring cultural influence. New research presented by historians, curators, and other experts explores the Steins' impact on art-making and collecting practices in Europe and the United States; the intense sibling rivalries that developed around key artists and ideas; the roots of Leo's aesthetic theories in the thought of William James and Bernard Berenson; Sarah and Michael's role in founding the Academie Matisse; Gertrude's complex relationship with Picasso and their artistic influence on each other; Le Corbusier's radical villa design for the family; and, much more. "The Steins Collect" not only reveals the artistic prescience of this innovative family and their important patronage, but also traces how they created a new international standard of taste for modern art.

About the author:
Janet Bishop is curator of painting and sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Cecile Debray is curator of historical collections at the Musee National d'Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris. Rebecca Rabinow is associate curator of 19th-century, Modern, and Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Isabelle Alfandary is a professor and director of research on American literature at the University of Lyon. Emily Braun is distinguished professor of late-19th and 20th-century European and American art at City University of New York's Graduate Center and Hunter College. Edward Burns is professor of English at William Paterson University of New Jersey. Claudine Grammont is the author of numerous works on Matisse and Fauvism. Martha Lucy is associate curator at the Barnes Foundation in Marion, Pennsylvania. Carrie Pilto is a project assistant curator in painting and sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Helene Klein is a preeminent scholar of Picasso and the early modern period. Gary Tinterow is Englehard curator in charge of 19th-Century, Modern, and Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Janet Bishop is curator of painting and sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Cecile Debray is curator of historical collections at the Musee National d'Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris. Rebecca Rabinow is associate curator of 19th-century, Modern, and Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Isabelle Alfandary is a professor and director of research on American literature at the University of Lyon. Emily Braun is distinguished professor of late-19th and 20th-century European and American art at City University of New York's Graduate Center and Hunter College. Edward Burns is professor of English at William Paterson University of New Jersey. Claudine Grammont is the author of numerous works on Matisse and Fauvism. Martha Lucy is associate curator at the Barnes Foundation in Marion, Pennsylvania. Carrie Pilto is a project assistant curator in painting and sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Helene Klein is a preeminent scholar of Picasso and the early modern period. Gary Tinterow is Englehard curator in charge of 19th-Century, Modern, and Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

General Fields

  • : 9780300169416
  • : Yale University Press
  • : Yale University Press
  • : May 2011
  • : 305mm X 254mm X 38mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 464
  • : 611
  • : Hardback
  • : Janet Bishop