The Love Lives of the Artists: Five Stories of Creative Intimacy

The Love Lives of the Artists: Five Stories of Creative Intimacy

by Daniel Bullen


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As the oldest of institutions, marriage seems outdated in modern times, when each individual is encouraged to break with tradition in order to fulfill him- or herself. And so artists like Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo seem to be paving the way toward a brave, new kind of marriage, where spouses would be allowed—even encouraged—to fulfill different aspects of themselves in outside relationships. Shared creativity, they believed, would transcend their jealousies and compensate their sufferings: through art, they would rise above conventional marital fidelity, and prove a higher fidelity to art and to themselves.

The Love Lives of the Artists tells the stories of Rainer Maria Rilke and Lou Andreas-Salomé, Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O'Keeffe, Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, Diego and Frida, and Henry Miller and Anaïs Nin—five couples who approached their relationships with the same rebellious creativity as they practiced in their art. From their early artistic development and their first experiences in love, to their artistic marriages and their affairs—and then to their fights and reconciliations, addictions, nervous breakdowns and continued creativity—The Love Lives of the Artists describes the promise and the price of freedom and creativity in love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781582437750
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 10/25/2011
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.22(h) x 1.08(d)

About the Author

Daniel Bullen grew up in the suburbs of New York City, and took a Ph.D. in American literature before writing The Love Lives of the Artists, his first book. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 The Great Triangulators Lou Andreas-Salomé Rainer Maria Rilke 3

Chapter 2 Mutually Sustaining Visions Alfred Stieglitz Georgia O'Keeffe 55

Chapter 3 Intellectuals in Love Jean-Paul Sartre Simone de Beauvoir 99

Chapter 4 The Sacred Monsters Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo 147

Chapter 5 The Miracle Accomplished by Blood and Joy Henry Miller Anaïs Nin 195

Epilogue: Love and Art at the Limits of Modern Culture 247

Notes and Bibliography 257

Acknowledgments 285

Permissions 287

Index 289

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