Peggy Guggenheim


Birthday August 26, 1898

Birth Sign Virgo

Birthplace New York City, NY

DEATH DATE Dec 23, 1979 (81)

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Art collector and wealthy socialite whose famous collection contains works of Cubism and Surrealism.

Before Fame

She opened the first gallery of her collected modern artwork in London in 1938. Her famous gallery, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, was later established in Venice, Italy.


Her patronage launched the careers of renowned artists such as Jackson Pollock and William Congdon.

Family Life

Her wealthy father, Benjamin Guggenheim, was one of the victims of the 1912 Titanic disaster. Peggy Guggenheim inherited his fortune when she turned twenty-one.

Associated With

She was briefly married to the acclaimed modernist painter Max Ernst.