The Steins Collect

Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde

Exhibition Catalogue

Meet a Family that Helped Shape Modern Art

Produced on the occasion of the first exhibition of the Stein family's art collections in more than forty years, this richly illustrated volume explores such themes as the Steins' impact on art making and collecting practices in Europe and the United States; the intense sibling rivalries that developed around key artists and ideas; Gertrude’s complex relationship with Picasso and their artistic influence on each other; and much more.

Original essays are complemented by a trove of archival photographs illustrating how the Steins displayed their artworks, a facsimile of Sarah Stein's notebook of Matisse's teachings, and an extensive chronology detailing the lives of the family members. The book also provides the most complete list to date of the artworks collected by the Steins. Together, these scholarly contributions illuminate the family's innovative approach to patronage and explore the Steins' role in developing a new international standard of taste for modern art.


The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde is organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Réunion des Musées Nationaux–Grand Palais, Paris; and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Presenting Sponsor
Lead Corporate Sponsor Premier Sponsors Major Sponsor
Charles Schwab Walter & Elise Haas Fund
Major Media Sponsors Generous Promotional Support

Major support is provided by Martha and Bruce Atwater; Gerson and Barbara Bakar; the Helen Diller Family Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund; the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund; the Walter & Elise Haas Fund; and The Bernard Osher Foundation. Generous support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts; Gay-Lynn and Robert Blanding; Jean and James E. Douglas Jr.; Ann and Robert S. Fisher; Gretchen and Howard Leach; Elaine McKeon; Deborah and Kenneth Novack, Thelma and Gilbert Schnitzer, The Schnitzer Novack Foundation; and Lydia and Douglas Shorenstein. Additional support is provided by Dolly and George Chammas, and Concepciá½¹n and Irwin Federman, and the French American Cultural Society. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Generous promotional support is provided by KGO-TV and KQED.