Art Lover: A Biography of Peggy Guggenheim

Art Lover: A Biography of Peggy Guggenheim

by Anton Gill

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Peggy Guggenheim — millionairess, legendary lover, sadomasochist, appalling parent, selective miser — was one of the greatest and most notorious art patrons of the twentieth century.

After her father, Benjamin Guggenheim, went down with the Titanic, the young heiress came into a small fortune and left for Europe. She married the writer Laurence Vail and joined the American expatriate bohemian set. Though her many lovers included such lions of art and literature as Samuel Beckett, Max Ernst (whom she later married), Yves Tanguy, and Roland Penrose, real love always seemed to elude her.

In the late 1930s, Peggy set up one of the first galleries of modern art in London, quickly acquiring a magnificent selection of works, buying great numbers of paintings from artists fleeing to America after the Nazi invasion of France. Escaping from Vichy, she moved back to New York, where she was a vital part of the new American abstract expressionist movement.

Meticulously researched, filled with colorful incident, and boasting a distinguished cast, Anton Gill's biography reveals the inner drives of a remarkable woman and indefatigable patron of the arts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060956813
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/13/2003
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 542,299
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.32(d)

About the Author

Anton Gill worked for the English Stage Company, the Arts Council of Great Britain, and the BBC before becoming a full-time writer in 1984. He has written more than twenty books, mainly in the field of contemporary history, including The Journey Back from Hell: Conversations with Concentration Camp Survivors (winner of the H. H. Wingate Award), A Dance Between Flames: Berlin Between the Wars, and An Honourable Defeat: A History of the German Resistance to Hitler.

Table of Contents

Family Treeviii
Part 1Youth
3Guggenheims and Seligmans15
4Growing Up36
5Harold and Lucile52
Part 2Europe
8Laurence, Motherhood, and "Bohemia"88
10Love and Literature125
12Love and Death152
13An English Country Garden156
14Turning Point165
15"Guggenheim Jeune"172
16Paris Again213
Intermezzo: Max and Another Departure--Marseilles and Lisbon237
Part 3Back in the U.S.A.
17Coming Home263
18Art of This Century275
Part 4Venice
23"The Last Red Leaf Is Whirl'd Away..."405
Source Notes439

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