Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney’s Birthday: 10 Things We Owe To The American Art Icon (PHOTOS)

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Today is the birthday of American sculptor and art icon, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. The pioneering art patron who founded New York City’s Whitney Museum of American Art would turn 137 if she were miraculously still alive today.Gertrude was born into the illustrious Vanderbilt family in 1875, and endowed with all the extravagances afforded to her by her well-heeled last name. She acquired her second famous surname, Whitney, at the age of 21, when she married Harry Payne Whitney. But the female artist, known for her large-scale public sculptures and memorials, was by no means constrained by the successes of her various relatives. On the contrary, the iconic figure paved her own way in the realms of art and fashion, going down in history books as one of the most influential art patrons of the 20th century.Read More…

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Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney’s Birthday: 10 Things We Owe To The American Art Icon (PHOTOS)


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