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Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney


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.

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The founder of the Whitney Museum of Art in New York City, which she first opened in 1930 after donating 700 works of art from her own collection. The Whitney has since become a major force in the international art world.

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United States


Artist, collector, founder, patron, sculptor

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Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, Harry (Mrs.) Payne Whitney, Gertrude Vanderbilt, Harry Payne (Mrs.) Whitney

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