Framed by abstract sculpture, Peggy Guggenheim and Jackson Pollock stand in front of one of his paintings.

365 Days of Art: January 23 – Peggy Guggenheim Visits Pollock’s Studio for the First Time

Peggy and Pollock

January 23, 1943

Peggy Guggenheim visits Jackson Pollock’s studio for the first time.

She was one of the most important art patrons ever, paying him a salary, giving him his first exhibition in 1950, and nurturing Abstract Expressionism (along with many other European and American artists, as well as Surrealism). Although the movie Pollock depicts them having an affair, the real-life Peggy thought Pollock drank too much and did not allow him to be one of her 1000+ conquests.

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