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The Love Lives of the Artists: Five Stories of Creative Intimacy

Daniel Bullen
Item #: D72337
Format: Paperback
Pages/Publication Date: 300 / 2011
Publisher: Counterpoint
ISBN: 9781619021006
Currently Unavailable

By temperament, some artists maintain lifestyles and opinions that run counter to the prevailing norms, and their love lives are no exception. Daniel Bullen here sheds light on the romances of Lou Andreas-Salomé and Rainer Maria Rilke; Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O'Keeffe; Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir; Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo; and Henry Miller and Anaïs Nin. Following these colorful figures through their amorous entanglements—from their early relationships to their commitments and subsequent affairs—we can see their relationships as rebellions against modern culture and bourgeois morality, but also as the rare fulfillment of creative freedom and shared understanding.

"The amours of some of our greatest artists are explored here with balance and understanding. Bullen takes a serious look at both the beauty and the wreckage that results from the artist's sense of exceptionalism, and transports us into the bedrooms and the ambitions of these titanic artist-couples. Totally engrossing."–Amity Gaige


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