Gloria Swanson

Artist:James Montgomery Flagg
Date:1936
Medium:Charcoal on Illustration Board
Dimensions:Sight Size 14" x 19" Framed 20 3/4" x 26 1/4"
Condition:Excellent
Original Use:Illustration Art Used In Sunset Boulevard Film
Price:$2650.00
Full view

Full view

The artist's signature and date of 1936 lower right corner

The artist's signature and date of 1936 lower right corner

Screen shot From Sunset Boulevard, with artwork prominently displayed above mantle.

Screen shot from Sunset Boulevard, with artwork prominently displayed above mantle.

A sophisticated charcoal portrait by iconic and beloved American artist and illustrator James Montgomery Flagg, dated 1936. This severe yet fetching caricature-styled portrait of Hollywood film legend Gloria Swanson dates to her self-imposed seven year hiatus from Hollywood and was later featured prominently in the film Sunset Boulevard.  We have included a screen shot from the film which prominently shows the drawing above the mantel in the living room of Norma Desmond, one of the many real-life images of Swanson to pepper the film. Flagg created a series of similar portraits for the cover of Photoplay magazine during the years 1936 - 1938. This was likely commissioned by Photoplay for the series, but scrapped when a rumored return to film by Swanson failed to materialize. It is quite possible that Flagg found another outlet for publication, but we have yet to see this in print form. Portrait is handsomely matted and framed behind glass and in a fine state of conservation.

Framed and matted under glass view

Framed and matted under glass view

Detail

Detail



 

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