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A darling and very Art Deco in aesthetic portrait of Mary Brian, the silent and early talkie era Hollywood film star. We do not have the specific usage of this oil on masonite painting but it was likely created as a cover for a late 1920s Hollywood movie title, such as "Smart Set" a jazz age Hollywood movie magazine the artist frequently worked for. The artist employed the motif of the china doll for many of his covers for this title and worked prolifically creating covers featuring all the hottest movie stars of the moment. Painting is signed lower right and handsomely framed and silk matted in a period wide profile antique frame behind glass. Henry Clive was an in demand cover artist working with several early Hollywood Magazine titles in the 1920s, and created a few freelance pin up illustrations for various calendar companies before settling into a three decade long career creating covers for Randolph Hearst's American Weekly Magazine. He also worked for Paramount Films during the mid 1920s and created lusty murals for Los Angeles area nightclubs and fraternal organizations during the Hollywood, tinsel-town years of the 1930s. Sight Size 13 1/4" x 17 1/2" Framed size 26 1/2" x 32"
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