Max Ernst and Peggy Guggenheim in the gallery ‘Art of This Century’, New York, ca. 1943, via Huffpost
It’s fascinating to know how Peggy Guggenheim conquered the world of modern art, especially in times of war. She was born in 1898 in New York in a wealthy Jewish-American family. She inherited her fortune at a very young age, after the tragic death of her father on the luxury British steamship Titanic in 1912. She was always a rebel. She considered herself a self-educated woman, as she didn’t want to go to college for studies. In her twenties, Peggy decided to travel to Europe, where she met famous artists, authors, and members of the European avant-garde movement. Art became a way of finding herself emotionally. Her passion to promote art turned her eventually into a star.
Her inquisitive mind and sense of adventure drew her to Paris. There, Peggy was fascinated by the bohemian world and the bourgeois society. Artists from all over Europe and the United States were making their way to Paris as if some magnet was pulling them.