Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“If there’s anything I hate it’s a goddamned phony, and Hollywood’s filled with them, pretending to be what they are not and some of them never were.”
—Barbara Stanwyck

R. B. Kitaj (United States, Ohio, Chagrin Falls, 1932-2007)
Koufax, 1998
Oil on canvas, 36 x 36 in.


Edward Weston
“Hot Coffee,” Mojave Desert, 1937


John Singer Sargent
The Fountain, Villa Torlonia, Frascati, Italy
Oil on canvas
71.4 × 56.5 cm (28 1/8 × 22 1/4 in.)


Anne Gunning wears a polka dot dress by Dior in a 1951 photo by Henry Clarke. Gunning was Irish and one of the most famous fashion models of the Fifties. She only did photographic modeling. Never runways.  She said she was afraid of falling down. “That sea of faces glaring at me was too daunting.”


Cosmetic Spoon in the Shape of Swimming Woman Holding a Dish
Egypt, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Amenhotep III
ca. 1390–1352 B.C.
Travertine (Egyptian alabaster), steatite
L. 22.5 cm (8 7/8 in)
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY


“Hollywood was capable of hurting me so much. The things about Hollywood that could hurt me (when I first came) can’t touch me now. I suddenly decided that they shouldn’t hurt me – that was all… You have to be self-reliant and strong to survive in this town. Otherwise you will be destroyed.”
—Joan Crawford


Frank Lloyd Wright
Avery Coonley Playhouse: Triptych Window
Clear and colored leaded glass in oak frames
Center panel: 35 1/4 x 43 in. (89.5 x 109.2 cm) Two side panels: 36 x 7 3/4 in. (91.4 x 19.7 cm) (each)
Art Institute of Chicago


Edward Ruscha (b.1937)
Gilmore Drive-In Theater 6201 W. Third St. Los Angeles, CA.
1967, printed 2013
Gelatin silver prints on paper
356 x 279 mm


Pink and Rose
Designer:William Morris (British, Walthamstow, London 1834–1896 Hammersmith, London)
Manufacturer:Morris & Company
Printer:Jeffrey & Co. (London)
Date:designed ca. 1890
Block-printed wallpaper
Sheet: 27 x 21 1/2 in. (68.6 x 54.6 cm)


Lisa Fonssagrives models an evening dress on the Eiffel Tower for Erwin Blumenfeld, Paris, 1939


Poster for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (’69) by Waldemar Swierzy, one of the most dynamic Polish movie poster designers of the 20th Century.


“Money doesn’t give you happiness, but it does help calm one’s nerves.”
—Maria Felix, Mexico’s legendary movie star


Marc Chagall
The Praying Jew (one of two versions after a 1914 composition)
France, 1923
Oil on canvas
Signed, l.r.: “MArc / ChAgAll”
46 x 35 3/16 in. (116.8 x 89.4 cm)
Art Institute of Chicago


Merle Oberon, Norma Shearer and a Dachshund puppy, c.1939.


Above: Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Picnic, c. 1893
Below: A scene from his son Jean Renoir’s 1959 movie Picnic on the Grass.


Model in a dress by Carosa Roma, Photo by Pasquale de Antonis, 1949


Jewish Moroccan Wedding dress and belt, early 20th Century


Paul Strand
Porch Shadows
Silver-platinum print


Livi, Lielle, and Maayan wish all our friends and relatives a lovely and colorful Shabbat.


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  1. Bill Brandt
    Posted November 10, 2018 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    Lisa’s posing gives me the chills.

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  2. Michael Kennedy
    Posted November 9, 2018 at 5:46 am | Permalink

    The Wright window reminds me of Green and Green Craftsman style houses. I owned one once. The Gamble House in Pasadena is the best example, The Greens even wove the rugs.

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  3. Posted November 9, 2018 at 4:03 am | Permalink

    I really like that Sargent painting. It’s so peaceful; I can imagine walking through the garden, hearing the fountain gushing and then just standing off to the side watching the woman paint while the man offers up little bits of advice.

    And the hats on Oberon and Shearer! It’s such a pity women don’t dress like that any more.

    Thank you for these, Robert.

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  4. Posted November 9, 2018 at 3:46 am | Permalink

    Well done, Robert.

    The Frank Lloyd Wright window is awesome. It has an Art Deco feel and I love the subtle American flag in it.

    Have a wonderful Sabbath.

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