Daughters of German Jewish immigrants, Claribel & Etta Cone embraced many new opportunities of their era, traveling and gathering a significant collection of modern art, including over 500 works by Henri Matisse. The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum hosts the first-ever series of Cone focused exhibitions & programming that contextualize the art collection and the family within NC history. The exhibit will feature artwork from the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Weatherspoon Art Museum, with works by Henri Matisse, Ben Silbert, Jacques Villon, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, John Graham, and others. Photographs from private family collections that have not yet been seen or published will also be included!
Image Credit: (left) Ben Silbert (1893-1940). Portrait of Dr. Claribel Cone, 1926. Etching on paper. 12.625 x 9.75 inches. 1950.1105. Weatherspoon Art Museum, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Bequest of Etta and Claribel Cone, 1949. (right) Ben Silbert (1893-1940). Portrait of Miss Etta Cone, 1926. Etching on paper. 13.625 x 10.8125 inches. 1950.1104. Weatherspoon Art Museum, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Bequest of Etta and Claribel Cone, 1949.