Original 11x17” watercolor portrait of Coco Chanel as featured in The Art of the Affair: An Illustrated History of Love, Sex, and Artistic Influence. Framed as shown in alternate images. Comes with a copy of the book signed by the illustrator.
As she appears in the text:
“As a young man, Jean Cocteau went on a vacation with a group including Gertrude Stein and Coco Chanel, bothering Coco with the amount of opium he smoked with his lover at the time. Coco became a morphine addict late in life. Jean wrote librettos for Igor Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex. When Coco first met Igor, introduced by a collaborator they had in common, Ballets Russes founder Sergei Diaghilev, she said he ‘looked like a clerk in a Chekov short story.’ But when she later housed Igor and his family for several months, they ended up having an affair—at least according to Coco, who also said he was terribly jealous and heartbroken when she wouldn’t accept his marriage proposal. He left for Spain with Ballets Russes in 1921, and though Coco was planning to meet them there, Sergei sent a telegram: ‘Don’t come, he wants to kill you.’ The two never spoke again.”
About The Art of the Affair, by Catherine Lacey and Forsyth Harmon:
Poet Robert Lowell died of a heart attack, clutching a portrait of his lover, Caroline Blackwood, painted by her ex-husband, Lucian Freud. Lowell was on his way to see his own ex-wife, Elizabeth Hardwick, who was a longtime friend of Mary McCarthy. McCarthy left the father of her child to marry Edmund Wilson, who had encouraged her writing, and had also brought critical attention to the fiction of Anaïs Nin . . . whom he later bedded. And so it goes, the long chain of love, affections, and artistic influences among writers, musicians, and artists that weaves its way through the The Art of the Affair--from Frida Kahlo to Colette to Hemingway to Dali; from Coco Chanel to Stravinsky to Miles Davis to Orson Welles.
"The perfect coffee-table book for the starving artist in your life."
— The Washington Post
"If you could use a dose of naughty narrated A-list gossip—from Collette to Ellington, Kahlo to Mapplethorpe—get The Art of the Affair."
— Elle Magazine
"Gorgeously illustrated... It’s impossible not to lose yourself in the intimate, deliciously scandalous details... and to feel a real connection as you look into the deep-set eyes of Caroline Blackwood or a vicarious thrill at the way a cigarette dangles out of Juliette Gréco’s open mouth."
"If you have a weakness for gossip, you won’t be able to resist."