Dorothy & Herbert: An Ordinary Couple and Their Extraordinary Collection of Art

Dorothy & Herbert: An Ordinary Couple and Their Extraordinary Collection of Art
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October 19, 2021
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A picture book biography about an ordinary New York City couple and their extraordinary collection of art

In the heart of Manhattan lived a librarian and a postal clerk who loved art so much that they collected it. Over the years, Dorothy and Herbert brought home hundreds of works of art—from little-known SoHo artists to luminaries such as Chuck Close and Christo and Jeanne-Claude—to their small, empty-walled apartment, much to the curiosity and delight of their eight cats and tank of fish. Their passion for art and support of artists was so impressive, Dorothy and Herbert became famous themselves. And when they gifted their extraordinary collection to the National Gallery of Art, their art became ours, inspiring new generations of artists.

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An Inspiration for Generations to Come
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What Worked: Dorothy and Herbert Vogel started an art collection in their small apartment. It brought them joy and togetherness. Through the years that collection grew to a very sizable amount that they ended up donating to the National Gallery of Art. Then surrounded by bare walls again they collected new art that spoke to them. The illustrations are very artistic and reflect the styles of art that the couple most likely enjoyed.
Final Verdict: This book shows that anyone can enjoy art. It brought the couple joy and they decided to share their collection so others could also experience the art for themselves. Others have become inspired to love and to create art as a result.
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