Friday, February 23, 2018

01 Paintings, PORTRAIT OF A LADY, of the 18th & 19th C., with Footnotes. #26

Mimmo Frassineti, Italy
Marlene Dietrich
Acrylic, Ink and Paper on Canvas
23.6 H x 15.7 W x 0.8 in

Marie Magdalene "Marlene" Dietrich (27 December 1901 – 6 May 1992) was a German actress and singer who held both German and American citizenship. Throughout her long career, (which spanned from the 1910s to the 1980s) she maintained popularity by continually reinventing herself.

In 1920s Berlin, Dietrich acted on the stage and in silent films. Her performance as Lola-Lola in The Blue Angel (1930) brought her international fame and a contract with Paramount Pictures. Dietrich starred in Hollywood films such as Morocco (1930), Shanghai Express (1932), and Desire (1936). She successfully traded on her glamorous persona and "exotic" looks, and became one of the highest-paid actresses of the era. Throughout World War II, she was a high-profile entertainer in the United States. Although she still made occasional films after the war, Dietrich spent most of the 1950s to the 1970s touring the world as a marquee live-show performer.

Dietrich was noted for her humanitarian efforts during the war, housing German and French exiles, providing financial support and even advocating their US citizenship. For her work on improving morale on the front lines during the war, she received several honors from the United States, France, Belgium, and Israel. In 1999, the American Film Institute named Dietrich the ninth-greatest female star of classic Hollywood cinema. More on Marlene Dietrich

Mimmo Frassineti was born in Castel San Pietro, a small town in the North of Italy, near Bologna. He studied in Rome and graduated in History of modern art. He first workerd as a designer in film and television and as an illustrator for some magazines. Then he devoted himself to photography and journalism following a desire to travel. He also taight journalism, graphics and photography. 

The journey through space and time is also the focus of his painting: distant dreamed lands, under a sky that evokes at the same time day and night. Cities with towers, steeples and domes of brilliant colors, over which opens a cosmos crossed by stars, planets, galaxies. 

Mimmo also went in search of great personages that had marked his life, such as Charles Baudelaire, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Giovanna d'Arco, Wassily Kandinskij or Edgard Allan Poe. He tries to approach them with the penetrating gaze of the photographer and the invention of the painter, in the attempt to grasp their essence. More on Mimmo Frassineti

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