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Henri Matisse, Two Girls, Red and Green Background, 1947, Baltimore Museum of Art: The Cone Collection
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HARVEST OF SOUVENIRS
by Michèle C. Cone



It is hard to imagine that a collection of 500 Matisses, 100 Picassos and other modern masterpieces could fit the label “Souvenirs of Marvelous Times Abroad.” Yet that is exactly what the show opening at the Jewish Museum this week aims to convey, thanks to a limited number of famous artworks and an abundant display of diaries, postcards, photographs and letters (including one from Matisse), plus a gallery of carpetlike textiles, lace, jewelry and bibelots, accumulated for nearly half a century by the peripatetic Baltimore collectors Etta Cone (1870-1949) and Claribel Cone (1864-1929).

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