Matisse’s Blue Nude and Interior with Dog are instantly recognizable, however, many people outside of Baltimore are not familiar with the Cone Sisters, who owned these and many other notable, modern masterpieces from the likes of Picasso, Gauguin, and Van Gogh. Claribel and Etta Cone never achieved the worldwide recognition of Alfred C. Barnes or their close friend, Gertrude Stein. Gertrude Stein is commonly and erroneously credited with founding the Saturday Evening Salon, when in fact, the Cone sisters began this tradition of bringing artists, writers, and thinkers together in Baltimore to discuss their work and ideas. Stein later emulated the Cone Salon at her apartment in Paris. And while Gertrude Stein connected the Cone Sisters to many people in the art world, even pushing them to buy Picasso’s discarded sketches when she needed money, the sisters already had a long history of buying and collecting art. Critics of the time were quick to mock their taste, and society frowned upon their progressive lifestyles, but upon their death, galleries fought for their collection of art, textiles, and jewelry. The Baltimore Museum of Art eventually acquired the majority of their collection of over 3000 pieces, which make up the bulk of the museum’s Modern Wing. Neither sister married or had children; they were far more content traveling the world and shopping. Claribel was a doctor and Etta a pianist and great thinker. Their lifestyles were ahead of their time, making them early feminists and tastemakers, and some of first female patrons of the arts. Their contributions to the art world should cement their place in the collective consciousness.