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Peggy Guggenheim (1898 - 1979)

Marguerite Guggenheim was born in a wealthy and famed New York family, who, following her father's death – sipping a glass on the deck in his best clothes - on the Titanic as well as her grandfather's, becomes a rich young heiress, in 1919. Settled in Paris, in 1921, Peggy Guggenheim marries Laurence Vail and soon becomes friends with major figures of modern art such as Marcel Duchamp who advises her, alongside Jean Cocteau, for the opening of her art gallery in London, in 1938. Influenced by the artists she meets, Peggy Guggenheim becomes a passionate collector who accumulates pieces by Vladimir Kandinsky, Constantin Brancusi, Hans Arp or Victor Brauner. During World War II, she fights to protect her collection, helps her friends escape an occupied France and marries, in 1942, Max Ernst, partly to help him settle in New York with her. The same year, she opens a new gallery in the city that focuses on European abstract art before turning herself towards young American artists such as Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock. In 1949, she settles in Venice where she presents her collection in a palace facing the Grand Canal – a site that becomes a veritable museum in 1952. An eccentric accused of being a nymphomaniac and mocked for her unpleasant features - 'She was remarkably ugly, in such a pleasant way' – Peggy Guggenheim nonetheless remains a visionary who from complete ignorant became the maker of one of the 20th century most incredible art collection.

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Peggy Guggenheim with La nostalgia del poeta by Giorgio de Chirico (1914), 1957
Peggy Guggenheim with La nostalgia del poeta by Giorgio de Chirico (1914), 1957
Peggy Guggenheim, 1952
Peggy Guggenheim, 1952
Peggy Guggenheim by Nino Migliori, 1958
Peggy Guggenheim by Nino Migliori, 1958
Peggy Guggenheim by Nino Migliori, 1958
Peggy Guggenheim by Nino Migliori, 1958
Peggy Guggenheim at her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, late 1960s
Peggy Guggenheim at her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, late 1960s
Alfred Courmes, Portrait of Peggy Guggenheim, 1926, oil on canvas, 100 x 65 cm
Alfred Courmes, Portrait of Peggy Guggenheim, 1926, oil on canvas, 100 x 65 cm
Peggy Guggenheim by Frank Scherschel, 1953
Peggy Guggenheim by Frank Scherschel, 1953
Peggy Guggenheim by Berenice Abbott, ca. 1926
Peggy Guggenheim by Berenice Abbott, ca. 1926
Peggy Guggenheim by Carlo Bavagnoli  at her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, 1979
Peggy Guggenheim by Carlo Bavagnoli at her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, 1979
Peggy Guggenheim adjusting a mobile sculpture by Alexander Calder, 1964
Peggy Guggenheim adjusting a mobile sculpture by Alexander Calder, 1964
Peggy Guggenheim by André Kertész, 1945
Peggy Guggenheim by André Kertész, 1945
Peggy Guggenheim by Ron Galella, 1967
Peggy Guggenheim by Ron Galella, 1967
Peggy Guggenheim by Carlo Bavagnoli for LIFE, 1965
Peggy Guggenheim by Carlo Bavagnoli for LIFE, 1965
Peggy Guggenheim by Carlo Bavagnoli for LIFE, 1965
Peggy Guggenheim by Carlo Bavagnoli for LIFE, 1965
Peggy Guggenheim by Carlo Bavagnoli for LIFE, 1965
Peggy Guggenheim by Carlo Bavagnoli for LIFE, 1965
Peggy Guggenheim by Tony Vaccaro, 1968
Peggy Guggenheim by Tony Vaccaro, 1968
Peggy Guggenheim on her Venice terrace, 1950s
Peggy Guggenheim on her Venice terrace, 1950s
Peggy Guggenheim adjusting a mobile sculpture by Alexander Calder at the Tate Gallery in London, 1965
Peggy Guggenheim adjusting a mobile sculpture by Alexander Calder at the Tate Gallery in London, 1965
Peggy Guggenheim by Tony Vaccaro for Look, 1966
Peggy Guggenheim by Tony Vaccaro for Look, 1966
Peggy Guggenheim wearing a Paul Poiret dress, photographed by Man Ray, 1923
Peggy Guggenheim wearing a Paul Poiret dress, photographed by Man Ray, 1923
Peggy Guggenheim wearing a Paul Poiret dress, photographed by Man Ray, 1923
Peggy Guggenheim wearing a Paul Poiret dress, photographed by Man Ray, 1923
Peggy Guggenheim wearing a Paul Poiret dress, photographed by Man Ray, 1923
Peggy Guggenheim wearing a Paul Poiret dress, photographed by Man Ray, 1923
Edmondo Bacci, Tancredi and Peggy Guggenheim in the garden of her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, 1956
Edmondo Bacci, Tancredi and Peggy Guggenheim in the garden of her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, 1956
Peggy Guggenheim through a Pevsner sculpture, 1950s
Peggy Guggenheim through a Pevsner sculpture, 1950s
Peggy Guggenheim on the terrace of her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, 1949
Peggy Guggenheim on the terrace of her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, 1949
Peggy Guggenheim, 1941
Peggy Guggenheim, 1941
Peggy Guggenheim, 1970s
Peggy Guggenheim, 1970s
Peggy Guggenheim by Raymond Voinquel at her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice,1952
Peggy Guggenheim by Raymond Voinquel at her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice,1952
Peggy Guggenheim and Jackson Pollock in front of a Pollock’s Mural (1943) in the first-floor 
entrance hall of Guggenheim’s residence in New York, photographed by George Karger, ca. 1946
Peggy Guggenheim and Jackson Pollock in front of a Pollock’s Mural (1943) in the first-floor entrance hall of Guggenheim’s residence in New York, photographed by George Karger, ca. 1946
Peggy Guggenheim with Venice, I Lagoon by William Congdon in a gondola on Canal Grande,  by Lucio Berzioli, 1957
Peggy Guggenheim with Venice, I Lagoon by William Congdon in a gondola on Canal Grande, by Lucio Berzioli, 1957
Peggy Guggenheim and her two children, 1926
Peggy Guggenheim and her two children, 1926
Peggy Guggenheim by David Seymour at her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, 1950
Peggy Guggenheim by David Seymour at her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, 1950
Peggy Guggenheim by David Seymour at her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, 1950
Peggy Guggenheim by David Seymour at her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, 1950
Peggy Guggenheim by David Seymour at her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, 1950
Peggy Guggenheim by David Seymour at her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, 1950
Peggy Guggenheim by David Seymour at her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, 1950
Peggy Guggenheim by David Seymour at her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, 1950
Peggy Guggenheim and her pet dogs on the Grand Canal, 1964
Peggy Guggenheim and her pet dogs on the Grand Canal, 1964
Peggy Guggenheim by Gianni Berengo Gardin, 1966
Peggy Guggenheim by Gianni Berengo Gardin, 1966
Peggy Guggenheim adjusting a mobile sculpture by Alexander Calder at her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, early 1950s
Peggy Guggenheim adjusting a mobile sculpture by Alexander Calder at her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, early 1950s
Peggy Guggenheim by Frank Scherschel at her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, 1953
Peggy Guggenheim by Frank Scherschel at her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, 1953
Peggy Guggenheim by Nino Migliori in her garden, 1958
Peggy Guggenheim by Nino Migliori in her garden, 1958
Peggy Guggenheim in her hallway places her hands against the window panes, with the Grand Canal behind her, photographed by Nino Migliori, 1958
Peggy Guggenheim in her hallway places her hands against the window panes, with the Grand Canal behind her, photographed by Nino Migliori, 1958
Peggy Guggenheim, early 1960s
Peggy Guggenheim, early 1960s
Peggy Guggenheim by Nino Migliori, ca. 1945
Peggy Guggenheim by Nino Migliori, ca. 1945
Peggy Guggenheim at her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, 1961
Peggy Guggenheim at her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, 1961
Peggy Guggenheim at her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, 1961
Peggy Guggenheim at her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, 1961
Peggy Guggenheim by Slim Aarons at her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, 1978
Peggy Guggenheim by Slim Aarons at her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, 1978
Peggy Guggenheim by Slim Aarons at her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, 1974
Peggy Guggenheim by Slim Aarons at her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, 1974
Tennessee Williams, Kenneth Scott, and Count Henry de la Celle by Frank Scherschelon the terrace of her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, 1953
Tennessee Williams, Kenneth Scott, and Count Henry de la Celle by Frank Scherschelon the terrace of her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, 1953
Peggy Guggenheim adjusting a mobile sculpture by Alexander Calder at the Tate Gallery in London, photographed by Norman Potter, 1964
Peggy Guggenheim adjusting a mobile sculpture by Alexander Calder at the Tate Gallery in London, photographed by Norman Potter, 1964
Peggy Guggenheim, 1949
Peggy Guggenheim, 1949
Peggy Guggenheim by Ida Kar, 1952
Peggy Guggenheim by Ida Kar, 1952
Peggy Guggenheim, late 1950s
Peggy Guggenheim, late 1950s
Peggy Guggenheim on the steps of the Greek Pavilion during the 24th Venice Biennale, photographed by Pegeen Vail, 1948
Peggy Guggenheim on the steps of the Greek Pavilion during the 24th Venice Biennale, photographed by Pegeen Vail, 1948
Peggy Guggenheim by Carlo Bavagnoli, 1965
Peggy Guggenheim by Carlo Bavagnoli, 1965
Peggy Guggenheim by Carlo Bavagnoli, 1965
Peggy Guggenheim by Carlo Bavagnoli, 1965
Peggy Guggenheim by Carlo Bavagnoli, 1965
Peggy Guggenheim by Carlo Bavagnoli, 1965
Peggy Guggenheim by Carlo Bavagnoli, 1965
Peggy Guggenheim by Carlo Bavagnoli, 1965
Peggy Guggenheim in front of her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, 1949
Peggy Guggenheim in front of her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, 1949
Peggy Guggenheim , 1970s
Peggy Guggenheim , 1970s
Alfred Frankfurter, Peggy Guggenheim and Frankfurter's wife by Frank Scherschel for LIFE, 1953
Alfred Frankfurter, Peggy Guggenheim and Frankfurter's wife by Frank Scherschel for LIFE, 1953
Peggy Guggenheim and her son Sinbad by Man Ray, 1923
Peggy Guggenheim and her son Sinbad by Man Ray, 1923
Peggy Guggenheim by Oswald Kofler, 1955
Peggy Guggenheim by Oswald Kofler, 1955
Peggy Guggenheim in Paris by André Rogi, ca. 1930
Peggy Guggenheim in Paris by André Rogi, ca. 1930
Herbert Read and Peggy Guggenheim by Freund Gisèle, 1939
Herbert Read and Peggy Guggenheim by Freund Gisèle, 1939
Peggy Guggenheim in her bedroom at the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, early 1950s
Peggy Guggenheim in her bedroom at the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, early 1950s
Peggy Guggenheim by Wlip Charles at her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, ca. 1955
Peggy Guggenheim by Wlip Charles at her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, ca. 1955
Peggy Guggenheim and Benita Guggenheim at the Dog Showof the Westchester Kennel Club at Gedney Farms in New York, 1919
Peggy Guggenheim and Benita Guggenheim at the Dog Showof the Westchester Kennel Club at Gedney Farms in New York, 1919
Peggy Guggenheim in her bedroom at the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, behind her the Silver Bedhead by Alexander Calder, early 1950s
Peggy Guggenheim in her bedroom at the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, behind her the Silver Bedhead by Alexander Calder, early 1950s
President Luigi Einaudi and  Peggy Guggenheim, 1948
President Luigi Einaudi and Peggy Guggenheim, 1948
Peggy Guggenheim by André Rogi, 1930s
Peggy Guggenheim by André Rogi, 1930s
Peggy Guggenheim by André Rogi, 1930s
Peggy Guggenheim by André Rogi, 1930s
Peggy Guggenheim by André Rogi, 1930s
Peggy Guggenheim by André Rogi, 1930s
Peggy Guggenheim at her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, 1960s
Peggy Guggenheim at her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, 1960s
Peggy Guggenheim adjusting a mobile sculpture by Alexander Calder, 1950s
Peggy Guggenheim adjusting a mobile sculpture by Alexander Calder, 1950s
Peggy Guggenheim by Carlo Bavagnoli on her marble chair in the garden of her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, 1978
Peggy Guggenheim by Carlo Bavagnoli on her marble chair in the garden of her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, 1978
Peggy Guggenheim by Uliano Lucas at her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, 1977
Peggy Guggenheim by Uliano Lucas at her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, 1977
Peggy Guggenheim by Uliano Lucas at her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, 1977
Peggy Guggenheim by Uliano Lucas at her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, 1977
Peggy Guggenheim at her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, 1960s
Peggy Guggenheim at her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, 1960s
Peggy Guggenheim at her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, 1960s
Peggy Guggenheim at her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, 1960s
Peggy Guggenheim at her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, 1960s
Peggy Guggenheim at her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, 1960s
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