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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

This article by Stephen Bayley from The Spectator is a good introduction. Pleased to meet you Ms. Guggenheim…

Peggy Guggenheim sits with her dogs by the Grand Canal in Venice.

Peggy Guggenheim on the Grand Canal, Venice.

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.

The Peggy Guggenheim Museum, lit up at night by the Grand Canal.

The Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice.

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.

Peggy Guggenheim ready to be filmed in a specially lit studio, converses with someone on set.

Peggy Guggenheim getting ready for some ‘lights, camera, action.’

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.

The Guggenheims pose for a family photo.

A Guggenheim family photo snap.

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.

Peggy Guggenheim enjoys a drink.

Cheers for Peggy Guggenheim.

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.