A "captivating exploration" of five of the most famous artist couples of the 20th century in all their love, tumult, and creative passion (Kirkus Reviews). The Love Lives of the Artists tells the stories of Rainer Maria Rilke and Lou Andreas-Salome, Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O'Keeffe, Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, and Henry Miller and AnaIs Nin—five couples who approached their relationships with the same uncompromising fervor they brought to their art. These artists attempted to pave the way towards a brave, new kind of marriage where spouses would be allowed—even encouraged—to fulfill different aspects of themselves in outside relationships. Through art, they believed, they would rise above conventional marital fidelity, and find a higher fidelity to art and to themselves. From their early artistic developments and first loves, to their artistic marriages and affairs, to their fights, reconciliations, addictions, nervous breakdowns, and continued creativity, The Love Lives of the Artists describes the promise and the price of freedom in love between artists.