Villa Coustille, Moyenne Corniche, 06360 Èze, France
Laurence Vail, born in Paris on January 28, 1891 and died in Cannes (Alpes-Maritimes) on April 16, 1968 is a French novelist, poet, painter and sculptor. In 1931 Laurence Vail and Kay Boyle moved in Villa Coustille, a red stone house hidden in a thick grove of pine trees high above the old town on the Moyenne Corniche, in Villefranche-sur-Mer. They form their own coterie which includes Robert Carlton Brow, Mary Reynolds, Marcel Duchamp, Emma Goldman, Alexander Berkman, Allan Ross MacDougall, and James Stern.
Son of the American painter Eugene Lawrence Vail (1857-1934), Laurence Vail was the lover of Djuna Barnes, then married in 1922 the billionaire and patron Peggy Guggenheim (1898-1979), with whom he has two children, Sindbad and Pegeen. After his divorce, he remarried in 1932 to the writer Kay Boyle (1902-1992), with whom he had lived since 1929 and who gave him three more children.
He was dubbed the "King of Bohemia" by the Parisian intellectual milieu of the 1920s.
His works are kept in the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice.
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