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    Louise Brooks (Circa 1929). Pastel Portrait (17" X 21" approx), Framed (26" X 32")
    She was one of the most fascinating and alluring personalities to ever grace the screen and is credited with once saying, "There is no other occupation in the world that so closely resembled enslavement as the career of a film star." This is a beautiful pastel portrait, painted from a photograph of Louise Brooks taken for the 1928 film A Girl in Every Port, and became the cover art for the French language movie weekly VU - Journal De la Semaine. The magazine, included in this lot with the portrait, was released in June of 1929 while she was in Europe making the film Diary of a Lost Girl for German director Georg Pabst and after the release of Pandora's Box. Her fame was at this time in Europe as great, if not greater, than in America and her image was seen on magazines throughout the continent. Though talented and beautiful, she was outspoken and ahead of her time in her views of women in society. She gave up a film career by refusing to return to do voice dubbing for the sound release of The Canary Murder Case and was black-balled throughout the industry. Original cover art from this era is very hard to find and this pastel is nicely matted and framed behind glass in a gold, Art Deco frame from the same period. The original full issue of VU magazine accompanies the pastel. Very Fine.


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    July, 2011
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