Art Lover: A Biography of Peggy Guggenheim

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060956813
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/13/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 344,614
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.32 (d)

Meet 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.

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Table of Contents

Family Tree viii
Preface xi
Introduction xiii
Part 1 Youth
1 Shipwreck 3
2 Heiress 11
3 Guggenheims and Seligmans 15
4 Growing Up 36
5 Harold and Lucile 52
6 Departure 66
Part 2 Europe
7 Paris 71
8 Laurence, Motherhood, and "Bohemia" 88
9 Pramousquier 109
10 Love and Literature 125
11 Hayford 144
12 Love and Death 152
13 An English Country Garden 156
14 Turning Point 165
15 "Guggenheim Jeune" 172
16 Paris Again 213
Intermezzo: Max and Another Departure--Marseilles and Lisbon 237
Part 3 Back in the U.S.A.
17 Coming Home 263
18 Art of This Century 275
19 Memoir 337
Part 4 Venice
20 Transition 345
21 Palazzo 353
22 Legacy 390
23 "The Last Red Leaf Is Whirl'd Away..." 405
Coda 435
Source Notes 439
Bibliography 447
Acknowledgments 453
Index 457
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