A delicately rendered pastel on illustration board by Henry Clive, capturing an exotic pretty nude pin-up model with ruby red lips envisioned as a sleeping beauty. This captures effortlessly the prolific artist's unique take on feminine allure. We believe this to be an unpublished illustration, retains its original handsome hand carved wood gallery frame and is cloth matted and lined behind glass.
Henry Clive's colorful life began in 1882 as Henry O'Hara in Austrailia. He made his way to Hollywood supporting himself as a magician.
After acting in several silent films, Clive began painting the Ziegfeld Follies Girls for Florence Ziegfeld. This led to work painting silent film era screen stars for Paramount Films such as Gloria Swanson, Rudolph Valentino, and Pola Negri.
The artist worked for many years creating covers for The American Weekly, a Randolph Hearst publication, he maintained a studio in Hollywood and was married six times.