Peggy Guggenheim

[On amassing art for her collection:]

My motto was ‘Buy a picture a day’ and I lived up to it.

Marguerite “Peggy” Guggenheim (1898 – 1979) was an American art collector, bohemian and socialite. Born to the wealthy New York City Guggenheim family, she was the daughter of Benjamin Guggenheim, who went down with the Titanic in 1912. Guggenheim collected art in Europe and America primarily between 1938 and 1946. The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is a modern art museum on the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy, and is one of the most visited attractions in Venice.

Why art?

I was much more interested in literature than I was in art. I just got into art by mistake.