Some people just seem to do the right things, in the right place, at the right time. Peggy Guggenheim was one of them. Through her patronage and collections she knew many of the great artists in the 20th century. And by her generous habit of buying a painting a day amassed a collection of art for $40,000 which is now worth billions.
Stories about the life of such an intriguing collector are often told. And she certainly wasn’t one to let the artists she was patron to eclipse her in the living of a life. This article is a celebration of a wonderful collector.
Number One: An Introduction to Peggy Guggenheim
Number Two: Sun, Sex and Showing Off in Venice
The thing about Peggy Guggenheim is that (like many art collectors) she didn’t mind drawing a bit of attention to herself. And why let the artists have it all? Here’s an article about Peggy and the other eccentrics who inhabited what came to be not just her home, but also one of the most wonderful galleries in Italy. By Judith Mackrell.
Number Three: Good Stuff at the Guggenheim
This online gallery of photographs from the Guggenheim has a large following to prove its popularity. These pictures are a window into the rather wonderful place that was not just Peggy’s gallery but her home and her life.
Number Four: Moving Pictures
The bigger picture of Peggy’s life can be heard in her own words, in this clip from a recent documentary, ‘Art Addict.’ After all, if people are talking about you, it’s only fair to have your own say too.
Number Five: The Show Must Go On
The legacy of Peggy Guggenheim and the Guggenheim family lives on through their collections and galleries. Their legacy, founded on a love of art (and of course artists) continues to evolve today. This article by John Walsh shares some intriguing details on family history and the full rundown on all their galleries.
Cheers for Peggy
Peggy reminds us that art, like life, is to be enjoyed.
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And finally if you would like to browse any of the artists we stock that Peggy collected here’s the link to view our artist’s pages.