Greta Garbo

Artist:Charles Sheldon
Medium:Pastel on Illustration Board
Dimensions:Sight Size 11" x 13" Framed 21 1/4" x 26 3/4"
Original Use:Cover for Screenland Magazine - June 1934
Price:S O L D
Above: Full view of pastel
Above: The artist's signature lower left
Above: Screenland Magazine, June 1934
Above: Framed and matted behind glass in handsome gallery frame

A deftly rendered luminous pastel portrait of silent and early talkie legendary Hollywood film star Greta Garbo, created as the cover for the June 1934 issue of Screenland magazine. One of the finest examples of cover portraiture we have ever come across by Charles Gates Sheldon who had a very prolific career creating stylized glamorous art deco Hollywood film star portraits for many of the leading jazz age movie magazine titles.

Above: Detail
Above: Full view of illustration board before framing
Above: Verso view

This published original pastel is beautifully framed and silk matted behind glass.

Above: Interior silk matting detail
Above: Frame profile and corner detail
Above: Framed and matted behind glass in handsome gallery frame

Recently many examples of Sheldon's Hollywood movie magazine portraiture have sold at auction from the Charles Martignette estate collection, comparables of other top notch works by the artist have sold in recent years for as much as $17,930.00 at auction.

Above: Charles Sheldon pastel of Clara Bow sold for $17,930.00
Above: Charles Sheldon pastel of Jean Harlow sold for $15,540.00
Above: Charles Sheldon pastel of Katherine Hepburn sold for $17,930.00

This is an important and rare surviving Hollywood tinsel town era Golden Age of Illustration treasure that is in a very fine state of conservation.

Sheldon exectued another published portrait of the iconic actress for Screenland Magazine in November of 1935 as seen below. By the mid-1930s she was already known for her elusive persona, best captured in 1932's Grand Hotel, when she uttered "I want to be alone." That phrase was voted one of the most memorable movie lines of all time, and her secrecy towards the press created a frenzy of interest around the actress throughout the 1930s. She was a highly sought cover subject, and her ethereal allure is captured in this mesmerizing portrait by Sheldon.

Above: November 1935 Screenland Magazine with another Sheldon portrait of Garbo


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