Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions November 24, 2017 by Robert J. Avrech 8 Comments “Mr.Hitchcock taught me everything about cinema. It was thanks to him that I understood that murder scenes should be shot like love scenes and love scenes like murder scenes.”—Grace Kelly Willem de Kooning.Untitled1984. oil on canvas, 77 x 88 inches. Private collection Carole Lombard by Edward Steichen, 1930s Compare and Contrast:The Corn Poppy by Kees Van Dongen (1919); Otto Lucas in Vogue UK, photographed by Norman Parkinson (1959) Lillian Marcuson wears a veiled hat by Lily Daché in a photo by Milton Greene, New York, 1951 Art Deco Cartier Desk Clock, 1930s Leonardo da Vinci A Copse of Birch TreesKenneth Clark, the distinguished art historian, said of this drawing:”Technically it is a miracle.” How, he asks, could Leonardo sharpen a piece of red chalk so finely that he could show the boughs and leaves of the trees with such luminous clarity? The notebook containing this drawing dates from 1498 – 1502 and contains other similar drawings of trees in groups. “A well dressed woman, even though her purse is painfully empty, can conquer the world.”—Louise Brooks James NaresUntitledoil on canvas James Nares in his studio hooked up to the flying harness that allows him to paint in his signature style. Gene Tierney, 1940s Lawren Stewart Harris, Canadian, 1885-1970. Mount Robson from the Northeast, 1929 Rita Moreno, 1954, photo by Loomis Dean Gerrit RietveldZig Zag Chair1934 Annette Funicello and her ’57 Ford Thunderbird “I was born Margaret Middleton in Vancouver, Canada. Yvonne is my middle name, and De Carlo was my mother’s maiden name. I changed it because, well, I just wasn’t the June Allyson type. It’s not Spanish, it’s Sicilian, honey.”—Yvonne De Carlo photo by Ray Jones, 1947 In 1550, Giorgio Vasari, the famous architect, painter, and historian published the first edition of his monumental collection of biographies, “The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors and Architects.”In his chapter on Leonardo da Vinci, Vasari included a wonderfully descriptive paragraph about Mona Lisa’s eyebrows:“The eyebrows, through his having shown the manner in which the hairs spring from the flesh, here more close and here more scanty, and curve according to the pores of the flesh, could not be more natural.” However, Mona Lisa does not have eyebrows or eyelashes. What’s going on? In 2007, French engineer Pascal Cotte announced that his ultra-high resolution scans of the painting provide evidence that Mona Lisa was originally painted with eyelashes and with eyebrows, but that these had gradually disappeared over time, perhaps as a result of cleaning by overzealous art restorers. Mae Clarke (1933), photo by Clarence S. Bull Rick McGinnisAlly Sheedy, 1998 Joan Crawford and Eve Arden, Mildred Pierce, 1945, screenplay by Ranald MacDougall based on the novel by James M. Cain Babylonian Talmud. with the commentary of Rashi, Tosaphoth, Piskei Tosaphoth, compendium by Asher b. Jehiel, commentary on the Mishnah by Moses Maimonides, plus index of decisions “Ein Mishpat.” 12 Volumes, Printed in Amsterdam by Immanuel Benveniste, 1644-47 (Kestenbaum & Company) The 1938 Cartier Tank Asymétrique Robert J.AvrechTwelve TribesAcrylic on baltic bircheach panel 6″ by 6″Framed: 29″ by 22 1/2″ Livia Yarden wishes all our friends and relatives a happy Thanksgiving and an inspirational Shabbat.