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Robert Brady

 (1928 - 1986)
Robert Emmet Brady was active/lived in Pennsylvania, Iowa / Mexico.  Robert Brady is known for still life.

Robert Brady

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Robert Brady is noted for his painting and design work, and for the museum he left to the city of Cuernavaca, Mexico, upon his death there. Robert Brady was born on February 3rd, 1928, in Fort Dodge, Iowa. His mother offered him painting classes and encouraged in her son the love for the arts. When Robert was 12 he painted a mural at his room. Brady studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Tyler Arts Center of Temple University, and the Barnes Foundation in Merion, Pennsylvania. He then traveled in France, Spain and Italy for about two years.

Brady established a residence in Venice, Italy, and while living there for a period of years was friends with Peggy Guggenheim and her circle, many of them artists.

He visited Mexico in 1959, and fell in love with Cuernavaca. In 1961 he acquired a massive XVI century Franciscan Convent and proceeded on a total restoration with the intention to live there, refurbishing the rooms for his international guests and his art collections. Continuing to travel extensively, he collected a widely varied art collection, which he displayed in his home. Among the artists whose works are exhibited there today, in what is now called the Brady Museum, are: Rufino Tamayo, Frida Kahlo, Miguel Covarrubias, María Izquierdo, Diego Rivera, Graham Sutherland, Mardsen Hartley, Paul Klee, Francisco Toledo, José Guadalupe Posada, Maurice Prendergast, and others. The museum collection of more than 1,300 works also includes Mexican colonial furniture, pre-hispanic figures and art from Africa, the Americans, Oceania, India and the far East. All the pieces are as Brady left them.

In 1973 he became involved with African-American singer and dancer Josephine Baker (1906-1974). Baker promoted her belief that people of various ethnicities can live together harmoniously. Divorced from her fourth husband, Josephine and Robert decided to say wedding vows in an empty church in Acapulco, Mexico, to cement their platonic friendship in 1973, but the 'marriage' ended and they separated in 1974.

Brady died on June 20th, 1986 at his house. His last will was: "That my house is opened to the public as a museum", and with this the 'Tower House' was transformed into the Robert Brady Museum. The Brady Museum is administrated by The Robert Brady Foundation from the U.S. and by the Fundación Robert Brady A.C., from Mexico.

Brady's own paintings are held in collections around the world. For example, 'Still Life with Jugs', circa 1950 is in the Blanden Memorial Art Museum Permanent Collection in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

Source: website
website of the Robert Brady Museum
website of the Secretary of Tourism for Cuernavac
website (Stan Klos) article 'Josephine Baker' by Jane Harter

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About  Robert Brady

Born:  1928 - Fort Dodge, Iowa
Died:   1986 - Acapulco, Mexico
Known for:  still life