20th Century Muse

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In the shadows cast by many of the world's greatest artists, one often finds the figure of The Muse: spouse or lover, protector or demon, patron or artist themselves—but always a main source of inspiration. Georgia O'Keeffe with Alfred Stieglitz; Gala with Paul Eluard and then with Salvador Dali; Nico with Andy Warhol; Frida Kahlo with Diego Rivera; Jean Marais with Jean Cocteau; Gena Rowlands with John Cassavetes: every art, from painting to writing to filmmaking to music, has a rich history of these fateful ...
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In the shadows cast by many of the world's greatest artists, one often finds the figure of The Muse: spouse or lover, protector or demon, patron or artist themselves—but always a main source of inspiration. Georgia O'Keeffe with Alfred Stieglitz; Gala with Paul Eluard and then with Salvador Dali; Nico with Andy Warhol; Frida Kahlo with Diego Rivera; Jean Marais with Jean Cocteau; Gena Rowlands with John Cassavetes: every art, from painting to writing to filmmaking to music, has a rich history of these fateful partnerships. What does the artist see in his muse? Why is artistic inspiration so often incarnated by the female form?

This illuminating, surprising, and absorbing book, richly illustrated with archival photography, sketches, handwritten letters, paintings, and highly personal ephemera, examines some 24 couples whose pairings have left an indelible mark on 20th-century art. In each case, the authors find, their passion and intimacy proved to be the germ of creation.


About the Author:
Annette Vezin writes on film for newspapers and women's magazines. She is coauthor, with her husband, Luc, of a critically acclaimed book on Kandinsky and The Blue Rider that was translated into three languages. Luc Vezin, a journalist and art historian, teaches at fine art schools in Rennes and Le Mans, France.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780810991545
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.62 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Lou Andreas-Salome - Friedrich Nietzsche and Rainer Maria Rilke 10
Martha Fleischmann - James Joyce 24
Kathe (Helen Hessel) - Henri-Pierre Roche and Francoise Truffaut 36
Lolita McMurray - Charlie Chaplin and Vladimir Nabokov 48
Dina Vierny - Aristide Maillol 66
Jean Marais - Jean Cocteau 80
Catherine Hessling - Jean Renoir 90
Gala - Paul Eluard and Salvador Dali 100
Josephine Hopper - Edward Hopper 116
Gena Rowlands - John Cassavetes 126
The Blondes - Alfred Hitchcock 140
Youki - Foujita and Robert Desnos 150
Giuletta Masina - Federico Fellini 162
Jane Birkin - Serge Gainsbourg 178
Peggy Guggenheim - Jackson Pollock 196
Misia Sert - Edouard Vuillard 210
Pannonica de Koenigswarter - Thelonius Monk 220
Frida Kahlo - Diego Rivera 234
Tina Modotti - Edward Weston 246
Eva Hesse - Sol LeWitt and the American Minimalists 262
Georgia O'Keeffe - Alfred Stiglitz 270
Nico - Andy Warhol 284
Robert Cornell - Joseph Cornell 298
Aoki Yoko - Araki Nobuyoshi 310
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    Posted January 21, 2004

    m:uses

    Wonderfully written great illustrations

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