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Mistress of modernism : the life of Peggy Guggenheim / Mary V. Dearborn
Bib ID 3296033
Format BookBook, OnlineOnline
Author
Dearborn, Mary V
 
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Description Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin, 2004 
xv, 382 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 0618128069
Summary

"Peggy Guggenheim emerges in Mistress of Modernism as the ultimate self-invented woman, a cultural mover and shaker who broke away from her poor-little-rich-girl origins to shape a life for herself as the enfant terrible of the art world. Peggy's visionary Art of This Century gallery in New York, which brought together the European surrealist artists with the American abstract expressionists, was an epoch-making "happening" at the center of its time.".

"Dearborn's access to the Guggenheim family, friends, and papers contributes rich insight into Peggy's traumatic childhood in German-Jewish "Our Crowd" New York, her self-education in the ways of art and artists, her caustic battles with other art-collecting Guggenheims, and her legendary sexual appetites: her lovers included Max Ernst, Samuel Beckett, and Marcel Duchamp, to name a mere few. Here too is a portrait of Peggy's last years as l'ultima dogaressa - the last duchess - in her palazzo in Venice, where her collection still draws thousands of visitors every year."--BOOK JACKET.

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  • Machine derived contents note: Contents
  • List of Illustrations xiii
  • Prologue 1
  • 1. Fortunes and Family 9
  • 2. Changes,Taking Leave 25
  • 3. The King of Bohemia 39
  • 4. The Heiress and the Anarchist 60
  • 5. Mr. and Mrs. Bonzo 79
  • 6. Endings and Beginnings 95
  • 7. An Idea 109
 
Notes

Includes index.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 323-363) and index.

Subjects Guggenheim, Peggy, 1898-  |  Art -- Collectors and collecting -- Europe -- Biography.  |  Art -- Collectors and collecting -- United States -- Biography.

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