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Modern Visions, Modern Art: The Cone Sisters in North Carolina
On view through November 30, 2019
Presented to the community by Wells Fargo
Blowing Rock Art & History Museum Blowing Rock, North Carolina

The Cone sisters’ collection is beloved worldwide for both its content and the character of its collectors. Claribel and Etta were daughters of German Jewish immigrants, two siblings in a family of thirteen, and women who embraced many new opportunities of their era. As their brothers grew the family’s business in textiles, and thereby the family’s fortune, the sisters received financial support to pursue their interests.

“Modern Visions, Modern Art: The Cone Sisters in North Carolina” presents a compelling selection of works on paper, paintings, and sculptures by artists in the collection who drew the admiration and attention of Claribel and Etta Cone: Henri Matisse, Sarah Stein, Jacques Villon, Marie Laurencin, Ben Silbert, John Graham, Everett Bryant, Rembrandt van Rijn, Gertraud Brausewetter, Ilse Breit, Teresa Denny, and Bernice Oehler. These works portray bodies in motion, women engaged in acts of self-expression, moments of daily life, and pastoral views of both real and imagined landscapes.

Image credits:
Everett L. Bryant (American, 1864-1945). Seated Nude, n.d. Graphite and watercolor on newsprint. 14.875 x 11.75 in. WAM 1950.1626.6. Weatherspoon Art Museum, UNC Greensboro, Bequest of Etta and Claribel Cone, 1949.