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Bela Lugosi - painted portrait by DarkSaxeBleu Bela Lugosi - painted portrait by DarkSaxeBleu
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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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