The lady’s not for turning.
For her entire life it is clear that Peggy Guggenheim had a good dose of what the French call -” L’esprit de contradiction “,.Once she knew the arts were the route to follow it no longer mattered what her family or anyone thought.
Peggy longed for Europe and Paris was where it was at. She left the US in 1921 and quickly made friends with the photographer Man Ray and Marcel Duchamps who was later to become her mentor. Peggy was not to return, permanently, to the States until 1941.
As Peggy chose ART for her lifes work, all her money went on art, not on designer dresses which she loved.
In Paris she bough Cocteau ,Max Ernst, later to become her husband, Magritte, Dali, Chagall. Thus came the beginning of one of the greatest art collections of the 20th century.
Peggy opened her own gallery in London in 1938 with an exhibition of Cocteau, Jean Arp. Kandinsky and Yves Tanguy. This was also the year when my mother, -Rita Kernn-Larsen , was invited to hold her first solo exhibition. No doubt it was my father, who seemed to know everyone in the arts world, who introduced my mothers work to Peggy. Rita often recalled how Peggy. a true networker, before the word was invented, invited my parents to the finest restaurents in Paris. All part of the ‘ deal’.