Igor Stravinsky

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Original 11x17” watercolor portrait of Igor Stravinsky 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 he 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 “‘ooked 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.”

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