Legion of Honor
Sarah Stein (left), one of a family of influential art collectors that included her husband, Michael, and his brother and sister Leo and Gertrude Stein, achieved an intimate connection with Henri Matisse. Acting as an early patron, enduring admirer, and close friend to the artist, Matisse purportedly said of Sarah, “She knows my paintings better than I do.” 
Matisse arduously worked on this depiction of his friend, before arriving at a painting that some believe reveals Sarah’s true likeness. Sarah, on the other hand, thought she looked “too French.”
Matisse from SFMOMA is now on view. 

Sarah Stein (left), one of a family of influential art collectors that included her husband, Michael, and his brother and sister Leo and Gertrude Stein, achieved an intimate connection with Henri Matisse. Acting as an early patron, enduring admirer, and close friend to the artist, Matisse purportedly said of Sarah, “She knows my paintings better than I do.” 

Matisse arduously worked on this depiction of his friend, before arriving at a painting that some believe reveals Sarah’s true likeness. Sarah, on the other hand, thought she looked “too French.”

Matisse from SFMOMA is now on view. 

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