Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. Born on this day in 1875

Artists are important but so are those who supported them: Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (January 9, 1875 - April 18, 1942) was an American sculptor, art patron and collector, and founder in 1931 of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. She was a prominent social figure and hostess, who was born into the wealthy Vanderbilt family and married into the Whitney family. (January 9, 1875 - April 18, 1942) was an American sculptor, art patron and collector, and founder in 1931 of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. She was a prominent social figure and hostess, who was born into the wealthy Vanderbilt family and married into the Whitney family.


She was also a sculptor with numerous shows and commissions. 

The iconoclastic woman who founded the whitney: 

1 comment:

Carla Ives said...

Now this is someone I know, probably due to the fame of the Whitney Museum in New York City. I did not know, however, that she was a sculptor in her own right.