*Two* Women to Know: The Cone Sisters

There were two of them, they were sisters, they were large women, they were rich. — Gertrude Stein, on Claribel and Etta

(image via The Baltimore Museum of Art)
Don't you feel sometimes that for one super glorious, disgustingly gorgeous period of time in Paris everyone incredible was just friends with everyone else who was incredible? Claribel and Etta Cone would gallivant around Europe with *their close, personal friend,* *the literary GREAT* *GERTRUDE STEIN.* And they'd crash at Gertrude's place to throw these sparkling fabulous soirees and people like Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and more would just show up unannounced, to the delight of every newcomer.

Simply put, they had good taste.That's actually how the Cone Sisters amassed a massive private collection of burgeoning art, from their travels and artist friendships. Claribel and Etta both never married. They owned adjoining apartments in Baltimore and decorated the walls with original works by Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gaugin, Paul Cezanne and more. At the time of Etta's death in 1949, she and her sister had collected more than 3,000 paintings, sculptures and sketches.

Gertrude Stein (yes, *that* *Gertrude* *Stein*) called them her "shopper friends."

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