The profits from the family’s textile business provided the sisters with a lifelong allowance that insured their financial independence and funded their many purchases. In Paris, the Cone sisters met Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse and began to collect their works when modern art was still not widely known, let alone appreciated. The sisters’ adventurous spirit in collecting over the next forty years resulted in the formation of one of the most important collections of modern art in America. Eventually, the women gave about 3,000 works of art to the [Baltimore Museum of Art], where they may be seen today. They also donated 242 artworks to the Weatherspoon.
~Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC
1941 / Front room, Claribel Cone’s apartment / Marlborough Apartments, Baltimore, MD