Selected Works from the Hirschland Collection
Fifty Years of Passion for Art
Inspired by an unbridled passion for art, the late Ellen and Paul Hirschland spent their half century together building an exquisite collection of paintings, drawings, and sculpture that filled their home from floor to ceiling and suffused their lives with beautiful objects, valued artist friends, and endless adventures and stories.
Both Hirschlands came from collector families--Paul, in Germany, and Ellen, in Baltimore. Mrs. Hirschland was the great-niece of Claribel and Etta Cone, sisters who left their internationally admired collection to the Baltimore Museum of Art. As a teenager, Ellen enjoyed a close friendship with her great-aunt Etta, and joined her in touring galleries in Europe. She visited Henri Matisse, who invited the 17-year-old aspiring art historian to choose a favorite drawing, which he inscribed and presented to her.
Ellen Hirschland led waiting-list-only adult education art tours for almost 35 years. She served as trustee of the Baltimore Museum of Art and of the Heckscher Museum. She also wrote about art, contributing several entries on major collectors to the Dictionary of American Biography and to the Museum of Modern Art's book Four Americans in Paris. A book on the Cone sisters, coauthored with her daughter, is forthcoming.