A Sparkling Life

Ninety-five year old Rosamond Bernier has just published her memoirs, Some of My Lives: A Scrapbook Memoir  What a life she’s  had!  It seems she knew absolutely everyone who was anyone in the world of 20th century art, music or fashion.  Her father, a wealthy Philadelphia lawyer, was the chairman of the Philadelphia Orchestra.  Early in life, Rosamond made lifelong friendships with Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein, as well as meeting many of the luminaries of the early 20th century music scene.  As a young married woman, she lived in Mexico, where Diego Rivera , Frida Kahlo and other artists were soon her good pals.  She and her husband rescued a drunken Malcolm Lowry, later famous for Under the Volcano—he fell in love with her, but soon disappeared from their lives. 

A few years later, after a divorce, Bernier returned to New York.  She was promptly hired by Vogue and sent to Paris in 1947 to cover the post-war fashion and art scenes.  In the 50’s she started an art magazine called L’OEIL.   In the course of her work and social life, she met an  endless array of cultural giants—Picasso and Matisse, Fernand Léger, Alberto Giacometti, Joan Miró, Henry Moore, Max Ernst, Gertrude Stein, Coco Chanel, Mary McCarthy, Louise Bourgeois, David Hockney, René Clair, Vittorio De Sica, Jerome Robbins, Janet Flanner, Philip Johnson, Richard Avedon, Irving Penn.  In the seventies she returned to New York, where her lectures at the Metropolitan Museum of Art became legendary, filled with charming anecdotes and insights about all these friends and associates.  Bernier shares them here in her memoir, and what a feast it is!  (Posted by Barbara)

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