Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Pola Negri Painting

Portrait of the famous actress Pola Negri by Tadeusz Styka, ca. 1922 (National Museum, Warsaw).

Polish painter Tadeusz (Tade) Styka (1889-1954) was known for his portraits honoring celebrities of the first half of the twentieth century. He also painted genre scenes, religious and symbolic nudes and animals (especially lions). For his work he received the French Medal of the Legion de Honour. He died in New York City, and is buried next to his father Jan Styka at Forest Lawn cemetery in Los Angeles.

Portrait of Pola Negri by Eugene Robert Richee.

Eugene Robert Richee (1896-1972) was a studio photographer for Paramount from 1925 to 1935. Later he worked for MGM and Warner Bros.

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3 comments:

  1. A lovely, if somewhat naughty painting. Furs and pearls indeed, no wonder she looks pleased with herself.

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  2. Beautiful painting. Three interesting facts about Pola Negri - she was the first European film star invited to Hollywood, she was the 11th star in Hollywood history to put her hand & foot prints in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater in 1928 and she came out of retirement in 1964 to star in a Disney film entitled The Moon-Spinners.

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