While on vacation, we stumbled on the exhibition of the Stein’s collection of artworks currently on display at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Leo Stein was the oldest of a family of children from the Bay area whose parent’s died when Leo was about 25. The family owned a business that afforded them a comfortable living, but not tremendous wealth. They moved to Paris, and Leo lived with his sister Gertrude, while their brother Michael and his wife Sarah lived in a house near by. They began collecting art, and bought canvasses, primarily by Matisse and Picasso when their art was new, innovative, shocking, and therefore relatively cheap.
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