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Bela Lugosi - painted portrait by DarkSaxeBleu Bela Lugosi - painted portrait by DarkSaxeBleu
FOR REFERENCE USE (or STUDY) ONLY.
Found the elusive portrait - and in good enough quality! (Usually there are just the small thumbnails around).

Béla all buttoned up - toast of the town!

(Few necessary repairs added.)

-------------------------- *** AUTHOR AUTHOR!!!!!

''Portrait of Bela Lugosi by Geza Kende - Oil on Canvas - 47" x 61" (ca. 1932). This stunning, large and famous portrait of the legendary Bela Lugosi stands as a lasting tribute to a great actor. Apparently painted in the early 1930s at the height of Lugosi's fame (he became a household name in 1931 with the premiere of Universal's Dracula, directed by Tod Browning), Kende's work reveals an urbane, debonair Lugosi at the peak of his creative powers; bold and confident, yet utterly charming. The artist was a Hungarian immigrant, like Lugosi, and became an important painter of portraits and landscapes. Born in 1889, Kende studied at the National Academy of Art in Budapest, as well as in Italy and France before settling in Los Angeles in 1932, where he would live until his death in 1956. It was undoubtedly the Hungarian connection that drew these two talented artists together, an alliance that produced the great work offered here. Kende has captured the essence of Lugosi, Hollywood's "Master of the Macabre", in this wonderful portrait, particularly the penetrating, almost hypnotic, quality of the actor's eyes. Slim and handsome -- the epitome of the iconic leading man -- was the way Bela longed to be seen by Hollywood, which insisted on casting him as one monster/mad scientist after another, and by his fans, who, for many years, saw him as only Dracula. This portrait hung in a place of honour in Lugosi's home for many years, until his death; Arthur Lennig, in his definitive Lugosi biography, The Immortal Count, shows the actor with this painting at two very different times of his life, and says, "Before the unchanging portrait on the wall, the actor - unlike Dorian Gray - aged." On the back of the canvas Bela Lugosi has signed his name in pencil with an illegible inscription above the signature. This painting, which is offered in its original frame, has had some expert conservation work performed upon it, and is beautifully preserved. ''
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Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
One slight correction needed--Lugosi died in 1956, not '52. ;P
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DarkSaxeBleu Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
LoL, just copy/pasted it ~ just goes to prove one has to read what one copies!!! :lol:
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Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:nod:
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JamesPeterMcDermott Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
Great!
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DolphinsKiss Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's really good!
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ShadeOvWarlock Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"Welcome to my castle..." [link] [link] LOVE old photos ))
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DarkSaxeBleu Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Neat finds!!! ... Tiny bit SCARY castle-villas!!!! I'd rather bunk with those tiny Eskimo huts!!! Nice and warm!
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yveslabelle Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing, if i could do something near it one day then i'll would be ready to die.
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DarkSaxeBleu Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww, ain't that the truth! but hey, 'till then - just do it your way ;) - and give it the best you can and see where that leads ya! :)
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yveslabelle Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for your kind words. :)
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Blackberryway-x Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
This is just... Wow.
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:icondarksaxebleu:
DarkSaxeBleu Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
... No wonder it prevails! Even after so many years!
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ferrignofan Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is very stunning!
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DarkSaxeBleu Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
LOl, tried to do a sketch after this one - FAILED miserably! It's simply too awesome!
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ferrignofan Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:) youll get it right soon, dont worry!
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ShadeOvWarlock Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh my............ ...... ....... elder gods!!!!!!!! :dalove: :highfive: I repeat: YOU ARE A MAGICIAN!!!!!!!!!!
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DarkSaxeBleu Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a good reference pic and should be available to all who wish to study the technique! (It had some sort of a green aura about it - so I had to try and fix it! Green just wasn't his colour! :lol:)
... And you are going to have to give me another day's time to answer all your notes!!!!:icondeathhugplz::iconburningheartplz:
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ShadeOvWarlock Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn stupid deviantart on ma cellphone!! Have no ideas why.
Why i have no chance load your profile correctly.
I found stupid link and can not access where to put. [link] sorry! P.s. Hey, this is one of the best Bela's art I watch here.
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ShadeOvWarlock Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
sure! you are my pretty clever idol...
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RD-DD1843 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
Strikingly good portrait.
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MDTartist83 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011   General Artist
One of the best actors of the early 20th century.
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:icondarksaxebleu:
DarkSaxeBleu Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
B-) :thumbsup: TRUE!
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Teapot-Mysteries Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
just what i've been looking for.. thank you for this!!!
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FrolloSpaz Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
one of my favorite actors of all time!
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amoxes Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
This is a fantastic painting of him, nice that you have submited it for all of us to see.
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:icondarksaxebleu:
DarkSaxeBleu Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It is! & That's what it's all about! & Glad to help! :) :shamrock:
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ScFiGirl Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hot stuff!!!:)
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anakalivas Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010   General Artist
Wow, I've never seen this before! It's beautiful! I wonder who the artist is...
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DarkSaxeBleu Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Late reply, still: portrait of Bela Lugosi by Geza Kende - Oil on Canvas - 47" x 61" (ca. 1932) (detailed description above :)). Some things one can't forget ... Glad to have identified the fellow.
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anakalivas Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010   General Artist
Awesome!! thanks for the info! :glomp: Amazing painter!
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ChristopherOlsson Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010
Hi
I think this is a great painting in many ways. I am a art student at a swedish university. I would like to ask some question about your art and deviant art. If that is something you would like to do, get back to me.
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GhuneiM Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I like this era, when everyone dressed uncomfortably and elegant
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:icondarksaxebleu:
DarkSaxeBleu Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Fair description: on one side - dressed uptight (as were the morals) - but imagine the relief when those clothes came off! LOL! :) Ah, those were the times ... Looking chic and ... well, whatever followed :fuzzydemon:
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GhuneiM Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
that's why they were so eager to take them off. I watched Casablanca two days ago and they were too horny, in their tuxs and dresses.
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DarkSaxeBleu Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:strip: :w00t: Uuu, thanks for reminding - yet another classic I failed to see (however saw ''The African Queen'' about 30 times ... :) What!!! It has a *dirty* feel to it but still comes out decent and ... well, John Huston directed it :heart::blushes:). In those days folks did look good - any which way you turn it! (With or without the clothes, LOL! :#1:)
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GhuneiM Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
compared to now's plastic surgeries. I choose today. haha!
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:icondarksaxebleu:
DarkSaxeBleu Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Traitor! =D=D=D
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:iconghuneim:
GhuneiM Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
we are in a fake world, why not enjoy fake pleasures :D
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LordMelchet Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010
Looks great! Too bad he ended up like he did. Plan 9 From Outer Space. Need I say more?
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DarkSaxeBleu Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:thumbsup: - Heh, true. But at least that movie does sport his final footage ... Heh.
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pinkxjellybean Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010
That's what swag looks like, kids.
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artwarriors Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Student General Artist
Suited up!
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DarkSaxeBleu Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
And ready for war! :heart: ''Bevare, conquests! BEVARE!''
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