The Love Lives of the Artists

The Love Lives of the Artists : Five Stories of Creative Intimacy

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As the oldest of institutions, marriage seems outdated in modern times, when each individual is encouraged to break with tradition in order to fulfill him- or herself. And so artists like Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo seem to be paving the way toward a brave, new kind of marriage, where spouses would be allowed--even encouraged--to fulfill different aspects of themselves in outside relationships. Shared creativity, they believed, would transcend their jealousies and compensate their sufferings: through art, they would rise above conventional marital fidelity, and prove a higher fidelity to art and to themselves. The Love Lives of the Artists tells the stories of Rainer Maria Rilke and Lou Andreas-Salome, Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O'Keeffe, Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, Diego and Frida, and Henry Miller and Anais Nin--five couples who approached their relationships with the same rebellious creativity as they practiced in their art. From their early artistic development and their first experiences in love, to their artistic marriages and their affairs--and then to their fights and reconciliations, addictions, nervous breakdowns and continued creativity--The Love Lives of the Artists describes the promise and the price of freedom and creativity in love.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 33.02mm | 453.59g
  • Berkeley, United States
  • English
  • 1582437750
  • 9781582437750
  • 1,937,510

About Daniel Bullen

Daniel Bullen grew up in the suburbs of New York City, and took a Ph.D. in American literature before writing The Love Lives of the Artists, his first book. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.
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Praise for "The Love Lives of the Artists" "Bullen tells these fascinating stories with relish and with a remarkably balanced eye. He speaks to our modern ambivalence about marriage and monogamy by tracing its cultural roots across a century, as expressed--and creatively addressed--by five exceptional artist-lovers. An important addition to the conversation about the viability of various alternatives to monogamy." --Suzanne Benack, Professor of Psychology, Union College "Bullen describes, in clear, concise prose, the spoken, unspoken and bespoke romantic lives of five famous and famously articulate couples, whose marriages were as open as their minds, and as receptive to new passions. Their exceptional passions transcend what marriage was then, or is now, to serve as examples, in extremis, by which we might measure ourselves. A first class book and a fascinating read." -Pete Nelson, author of "I Thought You Were Dead: A Love Story" "The amours of some of our greate
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