Famous Female Art Collectors

List of famous female art collectors, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female art collectors list contains the most prominent and top females known for being art collectors. There are thousand of females working as art collectors in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic art collectors have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a art collector then the people below should give you inspiration.

List is made up of many different people, including Judy Goffman Cutler and Dorothy Vogel.

While this isn't a list of all female art collectors, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female art collectors?" and "Who are the best female art collectors?"

  • Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney
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    Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney was an American sculptor, art patron and collector, and founder in 1931 of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. She was a prominent social figure and hostess, who was born into the wealthy Vanderbilt family and married into the Whitney family.
    • Age: Dec. at 67 (1875-1942)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York
  • Judy Goffman Cutler
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    Judy Goffman Cutler is an American art dealer, co-founder of the National Museum of American Illustration, and founder and Executive Director of the American Illustrators Gallery, NYC. She has authored and co-authored over fifty exhibition catalogues and art books published by Bison Books/Crescent Books, Harry N. Abrams, and Pomegranate Artbooks.
  • Peggy Guggenheim
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    Marguerite "Peggy" Guggenheim (August 26, 1898 – December 23, 1979) was an American art collector, bohemian and socialite. Born to the wealthy New York City Guggenheim family, she was the daughter of Benjamin Guggenheim, who went down with the Titanic in 1912, and the niece of Solomon R. Guggenheim, who established the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Guggenheim collected art in Europe and America primarily between 1938 and 1946. She exhibited this collection as she built it; in 1949, she settled in Venice, where she lived and exhibited her collection for the rest of her life. The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is a modern art museum on the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy, and is one of the most ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 81 (1898-1979)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York
  • Cone sisters
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    The Cone sisters were Claribel Cone (1864–1929) and Etta Cone (1870–1949). Together they gathered one of the finest collections of modern French art in the United States. They were active as collectors, travelers, and bons vivants during the first decades of the 20th Century.
    • Age: Dec. at 65 (1864-1929)
    • Birthplace: Jonesborough, Tennessee
    • Age: Dec. at 79 (1870-1949)
    • Birthplace: Jonesborough, Tennessee
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner
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    Isabella Stewart Gardner (April 14, 1840 – July 17, 1924) was a leading American art collector, philanthropist, and patron of the arts. She founded the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Gardner possessed an energetic intellectual curiosity and a love of travel. She was a friend of noted artists and writers of the day, including John Singer Sargent, James McNeill Whistler, Dennis Miller Bunker, Anders Zorn, Henry James, Okakura Kakuzo and Francis Marion Crawford. Gardner created much fodder for the gossip columns of the day with her reputation for stylish tastes and unconventional behavior. The Boston society pages called her by many names, including "Belle," "Donna Isabella," ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 84 (1840-1924)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York