592 Commercial Street

592 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

592 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

Blanche Manso, by Norma Holt.

Blanche Manso, by Norma Holt.

Leo Manso, by Norma Holt.

Leo Manso, by Norma Holt.

Peter Manso.

Peter Manso.

Creative fires burned everywhere in 1916, the “Great Provincetown Summer,” as Marsden Hartley called it. This was a furnace, with Hartley as a guest of the journalist John Reed, who was accompanied by his lover and future wife, the journalist Louise Bryant, who took Eugene O’Neill, from across the street, as a lover that summer. To this stewpot add the anarchist Hippolyte Havel, and Hartley’s friend, the painter Charles Demuth. The property was home from 1951 to 2004 of Leo Manso (pictured), an eminent painter, collagist, teacher, and gallerist; his wife, Blanche (Rosenberg) Manso (pictured), an expert collector of ancient Asian art who ran a store here called Arts of the Past; and their son Peter (pictured), who wrote Mailer, His Life and Times and Brando: The Biography, both nominated for a Pulitzer, in this house.


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