By Francine Prose
one in every of twentieth-century America’s so much influential consumers of the humanities, Peggy Guggenheim (1898–1979) delivered to huge public consciousness the paintings of such glossy masters as Jackson Pollock and guy Ray. In her time, there has been no better suggest for the groundbreaking and the avant-garde. Her midtown gallery was once the stated middle of the postwar long island artwork scene, and her museum at the Grand Canal in Venice remains one of many world’s nice collections of recent paintings. but as popular as she was once for the paintings and artists she so tirelessly championed, Guggenheim was once both well-known for her unconventional own existence, and for her ironic, playful wish to shock.
Acclaimed best-selling writer Francine Prose bargains a novel studying of Guggenheim’s lifestyles that would enthrall lovers of twentieth-century paintings, in addition to an individual drawn to American and ecu tradition and the interrelationships among them. The full of life and insightful narrative follows Guggenheim via almost each point of her notable existence, from her exact accumulating behavior and paradigm-changing discoveries, to her big name friendships, failed marriages, and scandalous affairs, and Prose provides a colourful portrait of a defiantly uncompromising lady who maintained a strong higher hand in a male-dominated international. Prose additionally explores the ways that Guggenheim’s snapshot was once filtered throughout the lens of insidious antisemitism.
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