Edith Stern began to collect Modern art in the early 1960s. Her first acquisition was the Kandinsky that hangs in the Blue Room. She soon sought the guidance of her friend, artist Lillian Florsheim, and her son-in-law, Thomas B. Hess, a respected art scholar, to help develop her collection.
On one of their art excursions to Denise Rene’s Parisian gallery, Florsheim introduced Stern to “Op” artist Victor Vasarely. The Longue Vue collection contains many works by Vasarely, a testament to the friendship that he and Edith Stern enjoyed and an indication of the personal nature of this collection.
Overall, the collection is composed of a variety of artists working in early 20th century art movements, including the “Op” and “Kinetic” styles of the 1960s and 1970s. These artists include Pablo Picasso, Naum Gabo, Robert Michel, Henri Laurens, Jaacov Agam, Jean Arp, Barbara Hepworth, and Jésus Soto.