Gladys (1921–2014) and Sam Rubinstein (1917–2007) were driven by a desire “to make things better for Seattle,” as Gladys put it. Their passion for music and art led to generous support of the Seattle Art Museum, the Seattle Symphony, the Seattle Opera, and many other arts organizations in our region.
On their travels, they became interested in artists who lived and worked in Paris in the early 20th century. Exquisite examples of paintings and drawings from their collection, including works by Orphist painters Robert and Sonia Delaunay and Surrealists Joan Miró and Max Ernst, are on view in the third floor gallery dedicated to the Rubinstein’s memory. The Rubinsteins’ bequest, which also includes American and Japanese paintings not currently on view, will transform the Seattle Art Museum’s collection and inspire audiences now and in the future.
Mondlicht, 1925, Alexei von Jawlensky, Russian, 1864–1941, oil on canvasboard, 16 1/2 x 12 3/4 in., Seattle Art Museum, Gift of Gladys and Sam Rubinstein. Photo: Nathaniel Willson.