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As it sometimes is with great performers, their creative talents and interests extend beyond their primary work. And, in fact, the early 1940s marked the beginning of Greta Garbo's interest in studying and collecting artwork. It began with a temporary visit to New York City.

Though the story accompanying her initial painting acquisitions is in some dispute, there is confirmation that the first purchases by her were those of Renoir and Bonnard. A concentrated two week initiation from a concerned New York art dealer in 1942 provided her with almost everything she needed to know about buying fine art.

Beyond the aesthetic consideration, the strategy to begin collecting art was a safe place for Greta to put her money during the years of World War Two. After returning home to Southern California she chose to not display her new art, but to store the paintings in one of the closets in her Beverly Hills home. Displaying all her art work would really begin after her permanent relocation to New York City where her passion for furnishing her final hotel residence at 450 East 52 nd Street became a priority.

By Jesse Y.

Garbo Art
Artists about Garbo
Garbo's Personal Art Collection
Sketches by Cecil Beaton
  Garbo Sculptures and Busts   
          Part I   
          Part II   
  Artwork about Garbo   
          Part I   
          Part II   
          Part III   
          Part IV   
          Part V   
  Garbo Fan Art   
          Caricatures by David Lee   
          Carchets by Kundu Nirlay   
          Fan Art by Clovie   
          Fan Art by GarboWerner   
          Fan Art by RubyRed   
          Fan Art by TJ   
          Garbo-Caps by Theo   
          Garbo's Dreampinups   
          Greg' Garbo Stories   
          Portraits by Carmen Luna   
          Portraits by Leslie Penn   
          Stockholm Tour by Bea   
          The Faces of Harriet Brown   


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