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Edited by Janet Bishop, Ccile Debray, and Rebecca Rabinow

As American expatriates living in Paris, the writer Gertrude Stein, her brothers Leo and Michael, and Michaels wife Sarah played a pivotal role in shaping the citys vibrant cultural life during the early twentieth century. They hosted Saturday evening salons at which artists, writers, musicians, and collectors convened to discuss the latest developments. They actively 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 works by such figures as Paul Czanne, Juan Gris, Francis Picabia, and Auguste Renoir.

Produced on the occasion of the first exhibition of the Steins collections in more than forty years, this richly illustrated volume includes nearly 500 images and eleven essays by distinguished contributors. Their texts explore such themes as 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 Leos aesthetic theories in the thought of William James and Bernard Berenson; Sarah and Michaels role in founding the Acadmie Matisse; Gertrudes complex relationship with Picasso and their artistic influence on each other; Le Corbusiers radical villa design for the family; and much more.

The essays are complemented by a trove of archival photographs illustrating how the Steins displayed their artworks, a facsimile of Sarah Steins notebook of Matisses teachings, and an extensive chronology detailing the lives of the family members. The book also provides the most complete list to date of the artworks collected by the Steins. Together, these scholarly contributions not only illuminate the familys prescience and innovative approach to patronage, they also trace how the Steins created a new international standard of taste for modern art.

The exhibition The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde is presented at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Runion des Muses Nationaux-Grand Palais, Paris; and finally at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, from February 28thJune 3rd, 2012.

492 pages, full-color illustrations throughout. 10'' x 11 1/2''. Hardcover or Paper.

  • 492 pages
  • Full-color illustrations throughout
  • 10'' x 11 1/2''
  • HardcoverPaper

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Description

Edited by Janet Bishop, Ccile Debray, and Rebecca Rabinow

As American expatriates living in Paris, the writer Gertrude Stein, her brothers Leo and Michael, and Michaels wife Sarah played a pivotal role in shaping the citys vibrant cultural life during the early twentieth century. They hosted Saturday evening salons at which artists, writers, musicians, and collectors convened to discuss the latest developments. They actively 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 works by such figures as Paul Czanne, Juan Gris, Francis Picabia, and Auguste Renoir.

Produced on the occasion of the first exhibition of the Steins collections in more than forty years, this richly illustrated volume includes nearly 500 images and eleven essays by distinguished contributors. Their texts explore such themes as 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 Leos aesthetic theories in the thought of William James and Bernard Berenson; Sarah and Michaels role in founding the Acadmie Matisse; Gertrudes complex relationship with Picasso and their artistic influence on each other; Le Corbusiers radical villa design for the family; and much more.

The essays are complemented by a trove of archival photographs illustrating how the Steins displayed their artworks, a facsimile of Sarah Steins notebook of Matisses teachings, and an extensive chronology detailing the lives of the family members. The book also provides the most complete list to date of the artworks collected by the Steins. Together, these scholarly contributions not only illuminate the familys prescience and innovative approach to patronage, they also trace how the Steins created a new international standard of taste for modern art.

The exhibition The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde is presented at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Runion des Muses Nationaux-Grand Palais, Paris; and finally at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, from February 28thJune 3rd, 2012.

492 pages, full-color illustrations throughout. 10'' x 11 1/2''. Hardcover or Paper.





  • 492 pages
  • Full-color illustrations throughout
  • 10'' x 11 1/2''
  • HardcoverPaper


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