Pioneering Women of Hollywood

Beautiful portraits of the Iconic Stars, Bad Girls and Pioneering Women of Hollywood’s Golden Age @Dangerous Minds

10 de fevereiro, 2017 0 Por Artes & contextos
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Artist Charles Gates Sheldon (1889-1960) is best known for his cover art for publications like Photoplay, the Saturday Evening Post and Collier’s Magazine. His work also included advertising and book illustration. But I like to think of Charles Sheldon Gates as the man who reinvented religious iconography for the twentieth century by replacing the portraits of angels and saints with pastel portraits of the silent movie stars and Hollywood legends of the 1920s and 1930s.

Sheldon’s portraits of actresses deserve to be glorified. These women were all tough dames. Most came from blue collar backgrounds and made their own way to the top in Hollywood at a time of autocratic studio bosses and sex pest producers. Some like Clara Bow lived a life of excess and ultimately paid for it. Others like Katharine Hepburn were strong-willed and fiercely independent who relished their freedom and privacy. Many died far too young. But all had a talent to entertain, inspire and bring a little hope—the kind of thing people get from religious paintings.

014drawstar.jpg The original ‘It Girl’ Clara Bow

004drawstar.jpg Clara Bow

003drawstar.jpg The original ‘sex symbol’ and ‘Blonde Bombshell’ Jean Harlow

015drawstar.jpg Jean Harlow

006drawstar.jpg Katharine Hepburn

007drawstar.jpg Katharine Hepburn

008drawstar.jpg Carole Lombard

010drawstar.jpg Queen of the double entendres the legendary Mae West

011drawstar.jpg Myrna Loy

012drawstar.jpg Esther Ralston

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Claudette Colbert

021drawstar.jpg.jpg Marion Davies

016drawstar.jpg Gloria Swanson

018drawstar.jpg May Allison

024drawstar.jpg Norma Talmadge

030drawstar.jpg Greta Garbo

042drawstar.jpg Bessie Love

045drawstar.jpg Marlene Dietrich

020drawstar.jpg Joan Crawford

019drawstar.jpg Sidney Fox

013drawstar.jpg Miriam Hopkins

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