SOME OF MY LIVES: A Scrapbook MemoirROSAMOND BERNIER Book Number: 74573 Product format: Hardback
Bernier's father chaired the directors of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and when she herself was a young harp student she met all the great musicians of her day, from Otto Klemperer, who threw food at his wife while dining, to Leopold Stokowski who went off to India with Greta Garbo. Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein were lifelong friends, and in 1975 when Bernier married her second husband, the critic John Russell, Bernstein was John's witness and Copland gave Rosamond away. Before then, however, Bernier had developed her own formidable career as an art historian based in Paris, where she co-founded the hugely influential magazine L'Oeil. When her friend Picasso heard about the new venture, he sent Bernier to Spain to see the cache of paintings he had left there, and as a result the journal had a sensational launch with the coup of being able to publish new Picassos. Kandinsky was a great friend too, although Picasso and Braque ignored him. The daughter of Berthe Morisot gave the magazine her recollections of Manet, Monet and many other Impressionists, while Miro contributed his memories of boxing with Ernest Hemingway. Among Bernier's reminiscences is a visit to a Degas exhibition with Henry Moore, who explained to her the difference between Degas's and Rodin's approach to dancing figures. Hockney, Matisse, Goncharova, Giacometti and many others appear in these pages. 292pp, photos.
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