Sunday, May 31, 2020

Red Hair in Art: Philip de László

Philip Alexius de László (1869 – 1937) was an Anglo-Hungarian painter known particularly for his portraits of royal and aristocratic personages. In 1900, he married Lucy Guinness of Stillorgan, County Dublin, and he became a British subject in 1914.
Miss Lisa Minghetti

Marquise Hélie de Noailles

Elinor Glyn

Edith Dresselhuys

Mme Jenő Hubay von Szalatna (her name was Countess Róza Cebrian and was the wife of Hungarian violinist Jenő Hubay von Szalatna)

Mrs George Owen-Sandys

Catherine, Baroness d'Erlanger

Phyllis (ou La dame au perroquet)

Patrick David de László (the artist's fourth son)

Friday, May 29, 2020

Italian Actresses with Red Hair

Finding out Italian actors with red hair is not easy, also because, especially with actresses, we can't always be sure whether their hair is natural or not.

However, here are two actresses who, if I'm not mistaken, are natural redhead.

Lucrezia Lante Della Rovere

She was born in 1966 in Rome as Donna Lucrezia Lante Montefeltro della Rovere. She is the daughter of Alessandro Lante della Rovere (1936–1995), who belonged to an ancient aristocratic family, and Marina Ripa Di Meana (1941–2018).

She made her debut in Mario Monicelli's Speriamo che sia femmina (1986) and performed in many stage productions, such as Quando eravamo repressi by Pino Quartullo, Risiko by Francesco Apolloni, Oleanna and Il cielo sopra il letto by Luca Barbareschi , Malamore by Concita De Gregorio, Borkman by Ibsen and Come tu mi vuoi by Luigi Pirandello .
She also acted in television dramas such as Orgoglio, Uno di noi, Donna Detective, Tutti pazzi per amore, Tutta la musica del cuore, La dama velata.
In 2005 she won the Taormina Film Festival for her role in the film Gli occhi dell'altro, in 2008 she won the Roma Fiction Fest for the role in the TV movie Ovunque tu sia, in 2012 she won Premio Flaiano for Malamore.
In 2008, della Rovere appeared in the James Bond film Quantum of Solace as Gemma, Rene Mathis' girlfriend.

Carla Gravina

She was born in 1941 in Gemona, province of Udine, and made her film debut at fifteen years old, in Alberto Lattuada's Guendalina. Very active in films and on television series, both in comedic and dramatic roles, from the late 1970s she gradually focused her activities on stage and in political activism, being a Partito Comunista Italiano deputy between 1980 and 1983.

During her career Gravina won a number of international awards, including the Best Actress Award for her performance in Alessandro Blasetti's Love and Chatter at the 1958 Locarno International Film Festival, the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Ettore Scola's La terrazza at the 1980 Cannes Film Festival, and the award for Best Actress for Margarethe von Trotta's The Long Silence at the 1993 Montreal World Film Festival.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Young Girl Reading a Book, by Eva D. Cowdery

Eva Dora Cowdery (1858 - 1945) was an American painter from Boston, Massachusetts. She was a member of the Copley Society and exhibited with the Boston Art Club from 1887 to 1909.

The title of this beautiful oil on canvas is Young Girl Reading a Book (date unknown).

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Old film about a redhead

The film is Die Rote (The Redhead). It was shot in 1962 and it's an Italian/German production.

Here's the plot as reported on IMDb:

"A redhead, approaching forty, is bored with her husband and with life in general. Having an affair with another man fails to produce the excitement she is craving. So she leaves Germany, seeking adventure and fulfillment in Venice, where she finds work in a hotel. Initially, life seems more interesting, and she has new romantic adventures. But when she realizes that her British lover is merely using her for a personal vendetta against a German Nazi, she finds herself running away once again."

The main actors are Ruth Leuwerik (the redhead Franziska Lukas) and Italian actors Rossano Brazzi and Giorgio Albertazzi. In a small and uncredited role there's also Alain Delon.

Here's a short video from the film:

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Red Hair in Art: Jules Scalbert

Jules Scalbert (1851–1928) was born in Douai, France in 1851. He was a pupil of Isidore Pils and Henri Lehmann. He depicted historical and genre scenes, allegorical subjects, figures, flowers, and worked in pastel technique. The artist started exhibiting at Paris Salon in 1876, afterwards showed his works in Salon des Artistes Francais, of which he became a member in 1883. Scalbert obtained an honorary award in 1889 as well as medals in 1891 and 1901. His works achieve remarkable prices (as high as US$80,000) at international auctions.

Leda and the Swan

Dans le miroir

La dance

Le thé

Naked Beauty

Femme nue

The Crown of Roses

Red Hair in Art: Edward Reginald Frampton

Edward Reginald Frampton (1870 – 1923) was an English painter who specialised in murals, specifically war memorials at churches. He painted in a flat, stately style, and was influenced by French Symbolism. His work usually depicted symbolic subjects and landscapes.
Early in his career he devoted himself to landscape painting; after a lengthy stay in France and Italy, and after seeing an exhibition of the collected works of Sir Edward Burne-Jones he chose to concentrate on illustrating the human form. All his larger and more important compositions have been figure subjects. Mr. Frampton considered himself to have been influenced both by primitive Italian painting and the English Pre-Raphaelite design, and also by the compositions of Pierre Puvis de Chavannes.

Cumberland Idyll

Ariadne on the Isle of Naxos

Stone Walls


A Carol

Flora on the Alps

A Madonna of Brittany


The Voyage of St. Brandan

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Red Hair in Art: Wlastimil Hofman

Wlastimil Hofman (born Vlastimil Hofmann, 1881 – 1970) was a Polish painter, one of the more popular painters of the interwar and postwar years.
In 1899 he went to study painting at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In 1902 he had his first showings in an exhibition by the "Sztuka" society. Further exhibitions followed in Munich, Amsterdam, Rome, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, and Warsaw. In 1904 he painted the first of his village (or peasant) "Madonnas".
In 1905 he started the cycle of pictures called "Confession" which brought him international recognition. In 1907 he was the first Polish painter to be made a member of the Gallery of the Vienna Secession. When his professor, Jacek Malczewski, was appointed the Rector of the Kraków Academy of Fine Arts in 1912, Hofman obtained a teaching post there.
Sometime around 1922, influenced by his friendship with Jacek Malczewski, he changed the spelling of his name from Czech to a Polonised 'Wlastimil'.
In the period 1953–1963 he produced religious paintings for the local church, including "Four Evangelists", "The Way of the Rosary", "The Way of the Cross", "The Adoration of the Child". He also produced many portraits of local people, sports figures - especially footballers from his favourite Wisła Kraków team - and also self-portraits. In 1961, he was awarded the Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta.

Guardian Angel

Symbolic Scene

Sous les ailes de l'ange




Red-Haired Girl

Portrait of a Young Girl




Blue Boy