A Portrait of Mary Brian

Artist:Henry Clive
Date:c. 1930
Medium:Oil on Masonite Board
Dimensions:Sight Size 13 1/4" x 17 1/2" Framed size 26 1/2" x 32"
Condition:Excellent
Original Use:Cover Art for Unidentified Hollywood Movie Magazine
Price:$6500.00
Full view

Full view

The artist's signature lower right

The artist's signature lower right

Framed in an antique wide profile gold frame

Framed in an antique wide profile gold frame

A darling and very Art Deco in aesthetic portrait of Mary Brian, the silent and early talkie era Hollywood film star. We do not have the specific usage of this oil on masonite painting but it was likely created as a cover for a late 1920s Hollywood Movie Magazine by the artist, who worked prolifically for a number of titles during the period.

Above: Mary Brian c. 1930 photograph portrait
Above: Verso view of board before framing
Frame corner profile view

Frame corner profile view

The china doll imagery was one which Clive favored, it appears several times in the covers he created for Smart Set, a jazz-age late 1920s magazine title that competed with College Humor for the young and stylish set. It's influence was not lost on the always stylish Louise Brooks seen below browsing the latest issue.

Painting is signed lower right and handsomely framed and silk matted in a period wide profile antique frame behind glass.

Henry Clive is among our very favorite illustrators, he was in demand as a cover artist for several early Hollywood Magazine titles in the 1920s, and created a few freelance pin up illustrations for various calendar companies before settling into a three decade long career creating covers for Randolph Hearst's American Weekly Magazine. He also worked for Paramount Films during the mid 1920s and created lusty murals for Los Angeles area nightclubs and fraternal organizations during the Hollywood, tinsel-town years of the 1930s.



 

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