Florence Meyer Blumenthal created an arts foundation that funded hundreds of promising artists and allowed them to focus on pursuing their craft. Blumenthal married international financier George Blumenthal in 1898 and began collecting art and supporting artists. In 1919 she organized the American Foundation for French Art and Thought in Paris, creating juries of well-known artists to discover young French painters, sculptors, writers, and musicians and award two-year grants to support them in their work. From 1919–1954, the foundation benefited nearly two hundred artists. Blumenthal and her husband donated substantial funds to the Sorbonne in Paris, and gave both financial support and their entire collection of Roman, Gothic, and Baroque art to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. They also funded the Children’s Hospital in Paris and donated money for a new wing for Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. In 1929 the French government gave Blumenthal and her husband the Legion of Honor for their support of the arts.
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