April 30, 2013 / Vickie Lester
JOHN BARRYMORE SITS FOR A PORTRAIT BY KATHERINE STUBERG – 1941
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Striking. The sculptor’s art is such an impressive one. It’s also interesting to think that here we have the rather-ravaged Great Profile being preserved “forever” while the real one would not be long for this world. (I’m in a pretentious mood, it seems!)
You’re right. I think John Barrymore would be dead about a year after the photo was taken, pneumonia and a liver ruined by alcohol. Portrait busts are so monumental, it’s odd to see it in contrast with the somewhat wolfish/mischievous glance he’s sending Katherine’s way.
“wolfish/mischievous glance” Ha! Exactly! Such a glance has never crossed George’s face though 😉
I’ve always thought it interesting that women seemed to have scored more and greater success in sculpture than perhaps painting. In Britian we had Dames Elizabeth Frink and Barbara Hepworth, two of the giants of our 20th century, while the world had the amazing Louise Bourgeois possibly the most famous female artist ever. Madame Bougeois was of course many things, but it always seemed to me that she had a sculptor’s sensibility.
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Dame Elizabeth – face and sculpture strong, kind of reminiscent of those monumental heads of the Easter Islands. Hepworth – love those abstract forms… Now an admission, who is Madame Bougeois???
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