The Proud Possessors
PROJECT STATUS: This project was proposed by the Hol Editors and is open for anyone to take the lead on. Using the links at left, apply to join the team and help make this book happen.
In as many chapters, The Proud Possessors chronicles 12 individual art collectors (from Isabella Stewart Gardner to Joseph Hirshhorn) and 3 families (the Steins, Havemeyers, and Rockefellers). Focused on American collectors from the late 19th Century to the mid 20th, this lively book finds its way into collections now housed in nearly every major American museum. Saarinen (married to the architect Eero) won both the prestigious Frank Jewett Mather award and the American Federation of Arts award for art criticism. More than writing for only art publications, she was well known for intelligent and engaging work appearing in popular lifestyle magazines and on television. In fact, a shorter version of the chapter on the Havemeyers in this book originally appeared in Vogue magazine.
The Proud Possessors is out of print. First published in 1958, it would still be under copyright, presumably with the author's estate. If an interested team were to form, their first step would be to locate and contact the estate to determine copyright status and seek his involvement in the project.