Presenting a Large Colourful Dream world Devoted to the
Historic Legends of Film .
2006 oil on canvas 36 x 48 inches
The artist is a true believer in the motto: "that which is
truly great is eternal". In this monumental composition,
Roussimoff pays homage to Hollywood at its finest. In this
tribute to Hollywood, Roussimoff has included some of his
favourite movie legends. In awe of the artistic triumphs of
historic Hollywood, he feels that there are many other geats of
the past which he yet intends to paint in future works. Set
against a landscape of contemporary Hollywood Boulevard are the
eternal legends that constituted the soul of the city. Charlie
Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Bette Davis, Peter Lorre,
Clark Gable, Erich Von Stroheim, Laurel & Hardy, Edward G.
Robinson, Rudolph Valentino, Mae West, Eric Campbell, The Three
Stooges, The Marx Brothers, Lon Chaney Sr. (as the Phantom of
the Opera), John Wayne, Boris Karloff (as Frankenstein’s
Monster), Gibson Gowland, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, the
Wizard of Oz stars (Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert
Lahr & Toto) and others. Seated discreetly within a newspaper
stand is the mystical Guru George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff. A nod to
the influence of mysticism in Hollywood circles at the time.
Also within the group is the dwarf performer, Major Noble George
Washington Winner who was with Ringling Brothers Barnum and
Bailey Circus. Grauman's Chinese Theater is on the left.
Incidentally, Harold Lloyd appears wearing the official Fez of
the “Al Malaika” Shriners Temple , of which he served as
Imperial Potentate. On the right side of the composition once
can see the old Hollywood Masonic Temple. This building now
serves as the studio of the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” television
This is an Authentic Signed and Dated, Ari Roussimoff Oil on
Canvas Painting from the year 2006. It measures an almost
monumental 36 x 48 inches. This very large and monumental like
composition is painted in uniquely poetic colours. There is much
attention paid to detail, as those who know Hollywood will
recognize some familiar sites, the star lined streents, the
theaters, hotels and the famous sign which once read as "Hollywoodland".
For many years Roussimoff wanted to express his great love for
classic cinema. To this day, the movies he watches are mostly
pre-1948. And silent films have been a love since early
childhood, when his father would take him to revivals held in
art cinemas and at museum screenings. So this painting is a true
labour of love. The artist who is not only an esteemed painter,
but a director of movies as well, makes reference to the
favorite of his own movies, "Freaks Uncensored", which he has
painted on a T-Shirt worn by a character in the background.
Roussimoff incudes himself and his partner as a spectators,
garbed in traditional Russian attire and brandishing a medieval
swords. This large colourful composition is guaranteed to
brighten up any room and collection!
The purchaser will receive a certificate of
authenticity. FREE S/H (USA). International buyers should first
contact us to find out about exact charges and conditions. Thank
Oil on Canvas by Ari Roussimoff