Matisse’s relationship with Claribel and Etta was intense and enduring. He called them, “my two Baltimore ladies”. They were remarkable women. Matisse’s ladies became major benefactors from his early struggling days when the work was considered radical to the mid 20th century when Etta died. And he was not the only artist to attract their attention. Their collection includes works by Van Gogh, Gauguin and of course Picasso.
Jonathan Prinz in artbouillon: “Hardly a museum exists anywhere in the world that isn’t built around, or strengthened by, works amassed by collectors. In that sense, they haven’t only been collecting for themselves, but also for us. The Nasher Museum at Duke University is named for such collectors and its newly opened exhibit, Time Capsule, celebrates the collecting of another, if not collecting itself.”