Original 18x22.25” watercolor portrait of Rupert Pole as featured in The Art of the Affair: An Illustrated History of Love, Sex, and Artistic Influence. Unframed. Comes with a copy of the book signed by the illustrator.
As he appears in the text:
“When Anaïs met her second husband, Rupert Pole, she found him sensitive and kind, but wrote in her diary, ‘Danger! He is probably a homosexual!’ Anaïs was engaged in a complicated, mostly unconsummated affair with Gore Vidal, twenty years her junior. When she fell in love with Rupert, she broke things off with Gore. He was so shocked and heartbroken he proposed. Years later, Anaïs wrote about the affair in her memoirs; Gore denied it all in his. After his death, letters confirmed her side of the story. Anaïs eventually moved to California with Rupert, but stayed married to Hugh, whom she visited often. When Anaïs passed away in 1977, the Los Angeles Times named Rupert her surviving husband; the New York Times went with Hugh Guiler. In truth, she had, for eleven years, been married to both men, but had her marriage to Rupert annulled because both men were claiming her as a dependent on their taxes.”
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."