Baltimore, USA, Dec 8 (EFE).- He called them his “ladies of Baltimore”, they chose him as his favorite artist: in Claribel and Etta Cone, Henri Matisse found his biggest supporters in the United States and the two sisters made it possible that their hometown now houses the world’s largest collection by the French artist.
That legacy is the reason why the Baltimore Museum of Art will next week open a research center on the artist and a new exhibition, as well as having another major Matisse exhibition until early next year.
Curator Katherine Rothkopf, curator of the exhibitions and head of the research center, talks to EFE about “A Modern Influence. Henri Matisse, Etta Cone and Baltimore”, the exhibition that vindicates the figure of the youngest of the sisters.
Rothkopf underlines the “courage” of the Cones for “daring” to buy the works of an artist who was harshly criticized by his French contemporaries at the time for his “wild” art. EFE