Original 11x17” watercolor portrait of Marcel Duchamp 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:
“John Cage came to New York City in the ’40s on heiress Peggy Guggenheim’s dime to perform at her gallery, and stayed in the apartment she shared with her husband, the painter Max Ernst. But when she found out he would also be giving a concert at MoMA, she told him she wouldn’t pay for the transport of his instruments, which were still in Chicago. He burst into tears. Marcel Duchamp, rumored to have had an ongoing affair with Peggy, sat there in a rocking chair, smoking a cigar as John wept. John later reported that Marcel said ‘virtually nothing, but his presence was such that I felt calmer.’ John and Marcel didn’t become close until the latter was near the end of his life. John asked if Marcel might teach him chess, and started coming over to his and Teeny Duchamp’s West Village apartment once or twice a week. Marcel mainly just smoked and watched him play Teeny, occasionally telling him how bad his game was. In 1968, the two men played a public game for a collaborative piece called Reunion. The chess board had been wired so that when they moved their pieces, random pieces of music would play. Between moves the auditorium was silent. Marcel won the game and died later that year.”
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."