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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Patron and noted sculptor. Founder of the Whitney Museum of Art in New York City, opened in 1930 after donating 700 works of art from her own collection. As a patron of the arts,promoted the advancement of women in art.

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United States


Artist, collector, founder, patron, sculptor

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

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