Saturday, July 18, 2015

Peggy (Guggenheim) and Max (Ernst)

Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice
The larger-than-life Peggy Guggenheim moved (both herself and her private art collection) to Venice in 1949 (she obviously had great taste), where she lived till she died in Padua at the age of 81 (in 1979).  She opened her Venice home and contemporary art collection to the public in 1951.

In 1938, she added Max Ernst's paintings to her collection, which she displayed in her London gallery.  They fell in love (!) and married in 1942 (who doesn't love a great love story?!).  We won't talk about the fact that it only lasted 4 years!  

Max was a pioneer of the Dada movement and Surrealism.  I think he looks like he could be a character in one of his own paintings.  What do you think?

Max Ernst: Courtesy of

"Long Live Love" by Max Ernst
wikiart. org

"The Nymph Echo" by Max Ernst
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In 2016, we're going to Venice again.
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