Art History with Passion | 2013

1902: Alma Schindler marries Gustav Mahler, forgoing her own pursuits as a composer.


December 2nd, 1926: Alma Reville marries Alfred Hitchcock.


March 7th, 1979: “I share my award, as I have my life, with her.”


1910: Shortly before the triumphant debut of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, the composer learns that Alma is having an affair with the architect, Walter Gropius. He dies before he can complete his 10th Symphony, of a disease related to a heart defect.


March 24th, 2012: Former Vice President Dick Cheney receives a heart transplant.


1992: Responding to questions about his relationship with Soon-Yi, Woody Allen answered, “the heart wants what it wants.”




December 1959 – Chuck Berry is convicted under the White-Slave Traffic Act, or Mann Act, after he allegedly had sex with a 14 year old Apache girl.


1990 – Chuck Berry agreed to a class action settlement when he was accused by 59 women of videotaping them secretly in a restaurant bathroom.


2004: The Passion of Christ, directed by Mel Gibson


 “When I was 10 years old I saw my father bloody my mother’s face with his fist.”

- Emil Gauguin


July 2nd, 1976 – Following a public fight, Tina Turner fled a hotel room while Ike Turner was asleep. She filed for divorce on July 27th.


1885 – Paul Gauguin moved to Paris, leaving his wife and children, to paint. In 1895 he left Paris permanently for French Polynesia.


September 1871 – Paul Verlaine invites Arthur Rimbaud to live with him in Paris. They begin a tumultuous affair, Verlaine abandoning his wife and son. In 1873 Verlaine shot at Rimbaud twice, wounding him in the wrist.


"Come, dear great soul. We await you; we desire you."



1934: Adolf Hitler contracts Porsche to design “the people’s car,” or “Volkswagen.”


1938: Alma Mahler and her husband Franz Werfel flee Austria following its annexation into Nazi Germany.


1945: Werfel dies of a heart attack.


September 17th, 1925 – Frida Kahlo is on a bus that crashes into a trolley car. She spends three months in a body cast, experiencing bouts of intense pain the rest of her life, and was unable to bring a pregnancy to term despite conceiving three times.

"My dear Gladys!" cried Lord Henry. "How can you say that? Romance lives by repetition, and repetition converts an appetite into an art. Besides, each time that one loves is the only time one has ever loved. Difference of object does not alter singleness of passion. It merely intensifies it. We can have in life but one great experience at best, and the secret of life is to reproduce that experience as often as possible."

"Even when one has been wounded by it, Harry?" asked the duchess after a pause.

"Especially when one has been wounded by it," answered Lord Henry.

-Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde


November 19th, 1960 – Norman Mailer stabs his second wife, Adele Morales, in the chest and back, with a pen knife.


“Get away from her. Let the bitch die.”


October 12th, 1978 – Sid Vicious is charged with the stabbing murder of Nancy Spungen.


September 8th, 1985 – After a fight, Carl Andre’s wife, Ana Mendieta, fell 34 stories from the window of their bedroom to the pavement.


“Well sure, my sculptures are floor pieces. Each one, like any area on the surface of the earth,, supports a column of air that weighs – what is it? – 14.7 pounds per square inch.” – Carl Andre


1962: Steve Allen Lewis, son of Jerry Lewis, drowns in a swimming pool.


1973: Jerry Lee Lewis, Jr. dies when his Jeep overturns.


1982: Jerry Lee Lewis’s 4th wife, Jaren Elizabeth Gunn Pate, drowns in a swimming pool.


1983: Jerry Lee Lewis’s 5th wife, Shawn Stephens, dies.


June 11th, 1977: Sid Vicious tells The Daily Mirror: “I’ll probably die by the time I reach 25. But I’ll have lived the way I wanted to.”


December 23rd, 1888 – Vincent Van Gogh, distressed over his friendship with Paul Gauguin, cut off his left ear in a brothel and gave it, wrapped, to a prostitute named Rachel.


“Keep this object carefully.”


1975: “Someone Saved My Life Tonight,” by Elton John with lyrics by Bernie Taupin, is released. The song is about John’s impending marriage to his girlfriend Linda Woodrow, his contemplation of suicide, and the friend who helped him through it.


Those lips that Love's own hand did make
Breathed forth the sound that said 'I hate'
To me that languish'd for her sake;
But when she saw my woeful state
Straight in her heart did mercy come,
Chiding that tongue that ever sweet
Was used in giving gentle doom,
And taught it thus anew to greet:
'I hate' she alter'd with an end,
That follow'd it as gentle day
Doth follow night, who like a fiend
From heaven to hell is flown away;
'I hate' from hate away she threw,
And saved my life, saying 'not you.'


1582: Anne Hathaway marries William Shakespeare.


calling her "the most beautiful woman in the world is absolute nonsense. She has wonderful eyes, but she has a double chin and an overdeveloped chest, and she's rather short in the leg." – Richard Burton


March 15th, 1964: Elizabeth Taylor marries Richard Burton


“I will praise any man that will praise me.” Shakespeare’s “Anthony and Cleopatra”


October 10th, 1975: Elizabeth Taylor remarries Richard Burton.


1929 – Frida Kahlo marries Diego Velasquez. They each have frequent affairs – her with Isamu Noguchi, Josephine Baker, Andre Breton, and Leon Trotsky. He with her sister.


August 11th, 1956 – after a day of drinking, Jackson Pollock crashed his Oldsmobile, killing himself and Edith Metzger. Pollock’s mistress, Ruth Kligman, was thrown free.


“I think [the Women] had to do with the idea of the idol, the oracle, and above all the hilariousness of it,” – Willem de Kooning


April 29th, 1945: Eva Braun marries Adolf Hitler.


April 30th, 1945: Eva Braun bites a cyanide capsule and dies. Adolf Hitler shoots himself.


"We had a death pact, and I have to keep my half of the bargain. Please bury me next to my baby. Bury me in my leather jacket, jeans and motorcycle boots Goodbye". –Sid Vicious


February 2nd, 1979: Sid Vicious dies of a heroine overdose. His body is cremated and the ashes are spread over Nancy Spungen’s grave in a Jewish cemetery.


1964: Alma Mahler dies.