Thursday, December 23, 2010

On December 23

On this day in ...
... 1979, Peggy Guggenheim (right) died at age 81 in a hospital near Venice, Italy, the city where she'd lived for more than 3 decades. (photo credit) She'd been born in 1898 in New York City, a child of wealth, and grew up on the east side of Central Park. As a young woman she married, gave birth to 2 children, divorced, married, and led a "Bohemian" life in Europe, amid notables like Isadora Duncan, Samuel Beckett, Emma Goldman, and Max Ernst. She collected art. As World War II broke out, she sent paintings to the United States for safety, labeling the shipment "household goods." The Peggy Guggenheim Collection remains intact at her palazzo in Venice -- and in this 'Grrl's humble opinion, deserves its claim to be "among the most important museums in Italy for European and American art of the first half of the 20th century."

(Prior December 23 posts are here, here, and here.)

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