Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions June 2, 2017 by Robert J. Avrech 1 Comment “I don’t know why the public took a liking to me so fast. Popularity is a curious thing. The public responds to a dimple, a smile, a giggle, a hairstyle, an attitude. Acting talent has less to do with it than personality.”—Irene Dunne Lukas Spielhausenby Lucas Cranach the Elder (German, Kronach 1472–1553 Weimar)Date: 1532Oil and gold on beech20 x 14 3/8 in. (50.8 x 36.5 cm) Marilyn at the door, a 1954 photo by Philippe Halsman Seventeenth Century Ladyby William Merritt Chase (American, Williamsburg, Indiana 1849–1916 New York)ca. 1895Oil on canvas36 1/2 x 23 3/4in. (92.7 x 60.3cm) Rick McGinnisFairmont Hotel Vancouver, April 2017 Winter Landscapeby George Seeley (American, 1880–1955)1909Gum bichromate and platinum printImage: 43.7 x 53.8 cm (17 3/16 x 21 3/16 in.) Bugatti Atlantique coupe, 1939. H/T Bill Brandt Tyrone Power, 1936“Ty was everybody’s favorite person, and all agreed that he was that great rarity – a man who was just as nice as he seemed to be. With his flashing good looks, graceful carriage, and easy laughter, it was no surprise that he was a Pied Piper to women – they followed him in droves wherever he went – but Ty was a simple person, with a great down-to-earthness and modesty about himself.”—David Niven Judith with the Head of Holofernesby Lucas Cranach the Elder (German, Kronach 1472–1553 Weimar)ca. 1530Oil on linen35 1/4 x 24 3/8 in. (89.5 x 61.9 cm) Dovima by Richard Avedon; Paris, 1950 The Midnight Ride of Paul Revereby Grant Wood (American, Anamosa, Iowa 1892–1942 Iowa City, Iowa)1931Oil on MasoniteH. 30 x W. 40 in. (76.2 x 101.6 cm) Photo by Vivian Maier, Chicago, 1960s The Four Treesby Claude Monet (French, Paris 1840–1926 Giverny)1891Oil on canvas32 1/4 x 32 1/8 in. (81.9 x 81.6 cm) 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic. H/T Bill Brandt Carole Landis, b. Frances Lillian Mary Ridste, 1919“Stardom is merely some talent, a few breaks and a lot of publicity. I have the talent, the publicity will come and so will the breaks. Just give me a couple of years.”—Carole LandisCarole Landis committed suicide at the age of 29 in 1948 Saada, the Wife of Abraham Ben-Chimol, and Préciada, One of Their Daughtersby Eugène Delacroix (French, Charenton-Saint-Maurice 1798–1863 Paris)1832Watercolor over graphite on wove paper8-3/4 x 6-3/8 in. (22.2 x 16.2 cm)“Delacroix produced this sumptuous watercolor on a trip to North Africa in 1832. He accompanied his friend the Count de Mornay on his mission as good-will ambassador to the Sultan of Morocco, Abd-er-Rahman II. Assigned to the delegation as dragoman was the Jewish interpreter Abraham Ben-Chimol (Abraham Benchimol) of Tangiers, who introduced the Frenchmen to his wife and to his daughter, pictured here in her bridal attire. In his “Journal,” Delacroix described in extensive detail a Jewish wedding he attended in Tangiers on February 21, 1832.” Estrella Boissevain wearing a hat and coat dress by Bergdorf Goodman, New York, 1938, photo by Horst P. Horst Chair (Sgabello)Attributed to the Workshop of Giuliano da Maiano (1432–1490) and Benedetto da Maiano (1442–1497)ca. 1489–91Italian, FlorenceWalnut, maple, ebony; ebonized wood, and fruitwood; traces of gilding and red paintH. 58 x W. 16-3/4 x D. 16-1/2 in. (147.3 x 42.5 x 41.9 cm) Claudio Bravo (Chilean, 1936–2011)Seraphim (White, yellow, and green), 1999oil on canvas148.9 x 200.02 cm. (58.6 x 78.7 in.) 1938 Bugatti 57SC Atlantic Coupe. H/T Bill Brandt Robert J. AvrechKaren at Noon, Los Angeles, 2017 Lielle wishes all our friends and relatives a lovely and inspirational Shabbat.