Original 11x17” watercolor portrait of Robert Mapplethorpe 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 he appears in the text:
“Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe lived together in Brooklyn and later the Chelsea Hotel while the two were in their twenties. Robert told his conservative parents he had married Patti in a strawberry field in California so they would accept the living situation. In her memoir Just Kids, Patti calls him the ‘artist of my life,’ and after they parted ways as lovers, they still made art together. Robert took the cover portrait for her breakout album, Horses. When the pair met Andy Warhol, he dismissed them as “horrible” and ‘dirty.’ Robert looked up to Andy, but Patti didn’t understand the appeal. ‘I felt little for the can and didn’t like the soup,’ she said, though many years later she grew to appreciate his work. Robert Mapplethorpe said his desire to meet Andy Warhol was part of the reason he moved to New York. After they did meet, Robert realized that Andy wasn’t the type to mentor other artists, later saying, ‘People helped Warhol— not the other way around.’”
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."