Not pretty enough, not smart enough, etc. To 'the revealing picture of a woman who never learned to live cautiously'. To compensate, she utilized what she considered her biggest assets, her money and her sexuality, to find some sort of fulfillment. Her narcissistic, self-centered behavior made her the center of her life. The men she attracted were brilliant but fueled by rage, verbally and physically abusing her. She seemed to ignore and dismiss her children one moment and then claim they were the loves of her life the next.
In her life, she amassed a stunning art collection and promoted and created an awareness of modern art and the brilliant artists who were to become masters of the art form. During the war, when notable museums wouldn't make room to house and protect her art collection, she single mindedly saved many paintings that would have been destroyed by the Nazis. Her loyalty and dedication to her art is admirable. Thanks to her, we are able to experience these pieces of art and appreciate their beauty in a museum and not just solely in photos.
Nov 22, Judy G rated it really liked it. Obsessed with men and sex. She was superb with modern art esp surrealism that she collected and contributed to the city of Venice - it is an outstanding collection and a beautiful space there in her former home. As a human being which she was I do not like or respect her. I think Francine Prose did a wonderful writing in painting her from all her perspectives tho I think as she investigated and wrote she had less to hang by in being res very well done biography of the enigmatic Peggy Guggenheim. I think Francine Prose did a wonderful writing in painting her from all her perspectives tho I think as she investigated and wrote she had less to hang by in being respectful.
If she and her role in life with art interests you this is highly recommended. It is to me questionable that her personal life is a testament to her independence as a woman and her ability to rise above go beyond her slated roles. She was a very wealthy woman who bought people balanced also by some givingness and gravitated to violent alcoholic men who did damage to her that she accepted.
She is not my vision of a role model for women. Her children did not fare well in life Her love of art is what I do respect and value Dec 04, Toto rated it really liked it. I did not know much about Peggy Guggenheim before this book.
In this case, it was Peggy's marriage to Max Ernst that propelled her into the world of modern art, and especially surrealism. Her collection of art was motivated by base and mundane desires rather I did not know much about Peggy Guggenheim before this book. Her collection of art was motivated by base and mundane desires rather than high understanding or selflessness.
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Francine Prose is a fine writer and at her hands Peggy emerges as a peculiar, unpleasant, and moneyed woman whose unceasing unhappiness with herself somehow ends up making the world a richer place by giving Venice a fine museum and give the rest of us timeless pieces to construct our collective history with.
Oct 26, David Hallman rated it really liked it. A very enjoyable read.
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I'm fascinated by art of many genres and of many historic periods and endlessly intrigued by the artists who create these works. What is often overlooked is the role of those whose financial and moral support enables the artists to do what they do. Peggy Guggenheim was one of those people. Aug 08, Bo Olsen rated it really liked it.
I found my feelings divided reading this book. When it came to the world of Modern and Surrealistic Art, Peggy was a wonder, while putting them on the map, and bringing these works to the masses. When it came to her family and social life, she never gets her priorities in order, allowing everyone and herself to suffer through some awfully hard times.
I thought this was a wonderful bio, and a great trip through the Modern and Surrealistic period, with so many of the artists playing a role. Peggy I found my feelings divided reading this book. Peggy Guggenheim was a special woman. Nov 29, Maureen rated it did not like it Shelves: art-related. I was interested in learning about Peggy Guggenheim's art collecting history, but this book focused so much on the titillating aspects of her life, that I finished the book not knowing many specifics about her work in the art world.
I did not care for the author's writing style. She often mentioned specific people by name, but gave no context or details about why that person was important. In addition, the organization of the book was stilted and information often fit poorly with the focus of a I was interested in learning about Peggy Guggenheim's art collecting history, but this book focused so much on the titillating aspects of her life, that I finished the book not knowing many specifics about her work in the art world.
In addition, the organization of the book was stilted and information often fit poorly with the focus of a particular chapter. Feb 08, Aran rated it liked it Shelves: non-fiction , bio. Alt title: Surrealists behaving badly! Maybe it's the current political climate, but I had a VERY hard time with the "poor little rich girl" theme But, like, A Moveable Feast, one of the major delights of this book is all the GOSSIP it contains about those wacky surrealists, out there smearing mustard on their feet and having affairs.
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Dec 10, Jay Gabler rated it really liked it. A great short biographical sketch that presents itself as a sort of reader's guide to Guggenheim's own memoir Out of This Century: Confessions of an Art Addict. More about Peggy's life, less about her times, than most. Jan 05, Carol rated it liked it. Rather a confusing read. Too many names of high level painters, writers, etc etc thrown at the reader one after another.
I was hoping for a more coherent biography of her life and accomplishments.. May have to try the Gill biography, as I thought this book was fairly superficial.
Mar 20, Thomas Stama rated it liked it Shelves: non-fiction. Interesting to read about her life and how the collection came into being. Also good know the difference between her and her collection in Venice and her uncle who founded the Guggenheim Museum in NYC.
Apr 09, Beth Powmesamy rated it really liked it. Great read on the patron saint of modern art. Jan 14, Victoria Lane rated it it was amazing. At last. A contemporary appraisal of the incredible life of a dedicated art collector, and a reading that calls out the sexism and anti Semitism of plenty of other writing about Peggy Guggenheim. Excellent Prose. Jun 25, Karen marked it as to-read. As renowned as she was for the art and artists she so tirelessly championed, Guggenheim was equally famous for her unconventional personal life, and for her ironic, playful desire to shock.
As a child, Peggy traveled frequently to Europe with her mother Florette where they stayed at stylish hotels, and learned about art, French history, British literature, and German opera, explains Prose. From to Peggy was married to Laurence Vail, a French-born American playwright, novelist, and painter who belonged to the Dada movement. After her failed marriage with Vail, Peggy engaged in notorious affairs with playwright Samuel Beckett, sculptor Constantin Brancusi, and Surrealist painter Max Ernst, whom she married in — the marriage would end in divorce five years later.
As the collection kept growing, the effort eventually led to the opening of Guggenheim Museum in at its current location on Fifth Avenue in a building designed by famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Peggy had traveled to Paris the year before to secure art for the opening show.
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