Here is a great book! With chapters on Louisine Havemeyer, JP Morgan, and Isabella Stewart Gardner, and more, this books provides a rich background for understanding the art of collecting in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Full of detail, drama, gossip, and real research, this book is a lively look into the private world of the super rich and the race to acquire masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer and more! Enjoy!
Old Masters, New World: America’s Raid on Europe’s Great Pictures by Cynthia Saltzman
Chicago Tribune http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/books/chi-cynthia-saltzman-16aug16-story.html#page=1
Wall Street Journal http://online.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052748704875604575280781089152248
Harvard Magazine http://harvardmagazine.com/2008/11/art-as-chattel.html