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 segment from the film:

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Red Hair in Art: Jules Scalbert

Jules Scalbert (1851 - 1928) was born in Douai, France. 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 the Paris Salon in 1876, and 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. 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, and was 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" and "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

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Red Hair in Art: George Wesley Bellows

George Wesley Bellows (1882 - 1925) was an American realist painter, known for his bold depictions of urban life in New York City. He became, according to the Columbus Museum of Art, "the most acclaimed American artist of his generation".

Anne in White

Garaldine Lee

Nude Girl and Parrot

Nude with Red Hair

Portrait of Florence Pierce

Red Hair in Art: Frederick Carl Frieseke

Frederick Carl Frieseke (1874 - 1939) was an American Impressionist painter who spent most of his life as an expatriate in France. An influential member of the Giverny art colony, his paintings often concentrated on various effects of dappled sunlight. He is especially known for painting female subjects, both indoors and out.

He won many awards during his career. In 1904 he received a silver medal in St. Louis at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition and was awarded a gold medal at the Munich International Art Exposition. He was honoured with the William A. Clark Prize at the Corcoran Gallery of Art's 1908 biennial, and the Temple Gold Medal in the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts' annual exhibition of 1913. One of his greatest honours was winning the Grand Prize at the Panama–Pacific International Exposition, which was held in San Francisco in 1915.

He received two gold medals from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1920 and he also won the popular prize, decided by artists as well as the viewing public.

Frieseke was elected an Associate of the National Academy of Design (ANA) in 1912, and an Academician (NA) in 1914. He was decorated as a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honour in 1920, a rare recognition for an American painter.

A Ballet Dancer

The Pink Parasol

Woman with a Book



Mrs Frieseke at the Kitchen Window

Before Her Appearance

Louise with Nosegay

Lady in Pink

Woman with a Mirror

Reflections (Marcelle)

Nude Seated at Her Dressing Table

Before a Mirror


Woman with a Blue Dress

The Fur-Trimmed Peignoir