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Greta Garbo

Purchase this original watercolor painting and all proceeds go to the Library at the A.J. Williams-Myers African Roots Center—promoting literacy through teaching and learning about the African roots experience, including history and culture, through a dynamic exchange of information, ideas, and creativity.

Original 11x17” watercolor portrait of Greta Garbo 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.

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As she appears in the text:

“Though Mercedes de Acosta’s plays were performed in Paris and New York, she struggled to make headway in her career. She moved to Hollywood to try to write screenplays, meeting Greta Garbo in 1931. The two fell quickly and passionately in love: there were trips together, trysts on the beach, naked portraits. But Greta was uneasy being publicly identified as a lesbian. Frustrated by Greta’s inability to commit, Mercedes had a side affair with Marlene Dietrich. Still, she and Greta were on-again-off-again for more than twenty years. In the 1960s, broke and needing brain surgery, Mercedes wrote a memoir called Here Lies the Heart that detailed her close relationship with ‘a crazy mystic Swede.‘ Greta was furious. Shortly after publication, they ran into each other at a grocery store. Mercedes asked, ‘Aren’t we on speaking terms today?‘ Greta left without a word, and the two never spoke again, though some report seeing Greta lurking outside Mercedes’s funeral in 1968.”

Read more about The Art of the Affair, by Catherine Lacey and Forsyth Harmon. ︎︎︎