This is completely unrelated, but if you thought ‘his wife’ was bad check this out:
‘[Hannah Hoch] was indispensable as manager of Hausmann’s atelier evenings, because of her light grace – in dazzling contrast to the ponderousness of her master … And on such evenings she too was permitted to raise her small but very precise voice in favour of art and Hannah Hoch while Hausmann held forth on anti-art.’
‘[Raoul Hausmann] needed constant encouragement in order to be able to carry out his ideas and achieve anything at all lasting. If I hadn’t devoted much of my time to looking after him and encouraging him, I might have achieved more myself.’
There was a really good Hannah Hoch show at the Adam a few years ago. What she did achieve was pretty amazing, and it seems very likely it was her, rather than Hausmann, who invented photomontage.
Go Hannah! Have you read that NZ book “Partners in Art”? A debt is often owed to the wives of artists – especially those mid 20th century ones. There is a poem by McCahon that mentions his wife Anne meeting Rita Angus. The extremes of female artists in those times really.