Dealers: Mme. Don Ton

For a little girl from Odessa, Edith Gregor Halpert, now 64, has done pretty well for herself. Monet once kissed her on the cheek. The great Paris dealer Ambroise Vollard whispered the secrets of his success in her ear. John D.

Rockefeller Jr. objected to the funny-looking American folk art that she sold his wife. Eventually it helped to furnish Williamsburg.

Spirited as a suffragette, Edith Halpert helped make U.S. art dealing truly coed. The Russians recall her, when she was curator of the 1959 American National Exhibition in Moscow, as the woman who...

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