I went to the "The Steins Collect" exhibit at SFMOMA over the weekend, and it was mind blowing. Although I've read some of her work, I don't really know that much about Gertrude Stein and her family. I've mostly associated her with the literary scene in Paris in the 20s, but she and her family (especially her brothers Michael and Leo) were prominent art collectors starting in the early years of the 20th century. As hosts of weekly salons, they brought a great deal of exposure to new artists. They're given much credit for discovering and promoting the work of a number of major artists, including both Picasso and Matisse, and later Le Courbousier. Following the Salon d'Atomne in 1905, they bought Matisse's "Woman with a Hat", lending him their financial and artistic support at a critical moment when he was receiving a lot of criticism for his outrageous palette.
It's about to close in SF, but will be opening in NY soon. Definitely recommended (moreso than the Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso exhibit that is currently at the De Young).
NYT on the collection:
Best quote of the visit came when my wife was looking at Villa Stein, the house that Le Courbousier designed for Michael Stein: "Look at that cantilevered front door awning - it looks so modern!"
Yes dear, Le Courbousier certainly could be considered "modern".