It is not easy to summarize the life of Count Harry Kessler without touching a sensationalist tone.
From a wealthy, independent family, with a range of first-line contacts, the Count was one of the most brilliant figures of the end of Siècle. As a patron he supported such important artists as Edvard Munch or Aristide Maillol, their houses were designed by Henry van de Velde and together with Hugo von Hoffmannsthal he wrote the libretto for the opera Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss. He died on November 30, 1937, alone and without financial resources in a clinic in Lyon.
Among his closest partners and collaborators are Rainer Maria Rilke, Gerhard Hauptmann, Auguste Rodin, Richard Strauss and Max Reinhard.
Count Harry Kessler left an extensive work in his diaries, although practically unknown in Spanish, except for a selection of them gathered in Journal (1893-1937...read more