Warburg, Edward M. M.

Warburg, Edward M. M. (Mortimer Morris)

(1908–92) arts patron; born in White Plains, N.Y. In 1928, as an undergraduate at Harvard, he and three others, including Lincoln Kirstein, founded the Harvard Society for Contemporary Art, which rented rooms to exhibit paintings of Klee, O'Keeffe, Matisse, and others. Warburg was an early supporter of the Museum of Modern Art (1929) as a trustee (1932–58, honorary 1958–86). With Kirstein, he also helped found the American Ballet (1933), holding the first George Balanchine production in his home. He remained an active patron of the arts and ballet in New York City. During World War II he organized displaced persons camps following D-Day and helped refugees from the concentration camps, for which he earned the Bronze Star.
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