The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

January 15, 2012

January 15, 1955

Peggy Guggenheim is remembered as a generous supporter of the arts, and this is a sound judgment. She slept with some of the artists, like Yves Tanguy (January 5, 1900 to January 15, 1955), the French surrealist painter. Tanguy had been a secretive child, though when he was 14 years old, he was expelled from Lycee Montaigne for possessing ether. He embraced the intra war bohemian lifestyle. Of course he was impoverished, so when Guggenheim arranged a show for him at her London gallery (July 6, 1938), and he sold some canvases, it is lovely to recall his generosity. A fellow artist, Victor Brauner, was too proud to take money, but Tanguy sent him 1 pound a week to care for the Tanguys' Manx cat, left in Paris as they traveled to England for the exhibition.

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