• Peggy Guggenheim Photography © Stefan Moses
  • Peggy Guggenheim Photography © Stefan Moses
  • Peggy Guggenheim Photography © Stefan Moses

Encounters with Peggy Guggenheim

The photo archive of Stefan Moses

An intimate collection of behind the scenes photos
featuring the legendary art collector.

Born into a wealthy New York family in 1898, Marguerite ‘Peggy’ Guggenheim was one of the greatest art collectors of the 20th century. Using her inheritance to open her first art gallery, Peggy’s love of art lead her to eventually settle in Venice. Guests at her 18th-century palazzo on the Canal Grande included Tennessee Williams, Igor Stravinsky, Jean Cocteau and Marlon Brando. Peggy built one of the great collections of modern art, including works by Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Marcel Duchamp. The book “In Encounters with Peggy Guggenheim“, published by Hardie Grant, renowned photographer Stefan Moses reveals his collection of photographs of Peggy. The quickness and talent of Moses captures the character of this true eccentric. Taken between 1969 and 1974, many of these photographs have never been seen before.
Moses captures Peggy’s private moments, lounging at home, or sharing an animated conversation with her grandson and his wife.
Striking, eccentric and dramatic, Moses photographed Peggy in her favourite places around Venice. See Peggy as she glides on her gondola with her Lhasa apso dogs, wearing her iconic butterfly glasses, or strolls incognito along the Riva degli Schiavoni.
An inspiration for art, photography and fashion-lovers alike, Encounters with Peggy Guggenheim is a behind the scenes look at of one of the world’s most enigmatic and inspirational women.