“This boy is a genius, but he will drive me crazy.” – Henry Duveen
I recently finished reading S. N Behrman’s biography on Joseph Duveen (1869–1939), one of the most influential art dealers of the 20th century. Below are six of my favourite anecdotes from the biography on entrepreneurship and wit, which I hope you will also find entertaining.
One day, my Editor walks in with a man. “This is Martin Gayford,” she says. We smile politely in acknowledgement.
“Do you know the man with a blue scarf?” she adds.
“Oh yes! The Lucian Freud portrait!” I jump up and shake his hand like, I am embarrassed to recall, some kind of sycophant.