Biographies of artists and writers have traditionally presented an individual's lone struggle for self-expression. In this book, critics and historians challenge these assumptions in a series of essays that focus on artist and writer couples who have shared sexual and artistic bonds. Featuring duos such as Auguste Rodin and Camille Claudel, Sonia and Robert Delaunay, Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, and Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, this book combines biography with evaluation of each partner's work in the context of the relationship.
Whitney Chadwick is Professor Emerita at San Francisco State University. Among her other books are Women Artists and the Surrealist Movement, Women, Art and Society and Significant Others: Creativity and Intimate Partnership. Isabelle de Courtivron is Professor of French Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Camille Claudel & Auguste Rodin * Sonia & Robert Delaunay * Clara & Andre Malraux * Vanessa Bell & Duncan Grant * Virginia Woolf & Vita-Sackville West * Leonora Carrington & Max Ernst * Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera * Kay Sage & Yves Tanguy * Anais Nin & Henry Miller * Lillian Hellman & Dashiell Hammett * Jasper Johns & Robert Rauschenberg * Simone & Andre Schwarz-Bart * Lee Krasner & Jackson Pollock