Cecil Beaton: Portraits and Profiles

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This beautiful collection of fabulous photographs and incisive pen portraits captures the world of Cecil Beaton, one of the most celebrated portrait photographers of the twentieth century.

Cecil Beaton: Portraits and Profiles?combines Beaton's photographic and pen portraits. Beaton's portraits offer insight, beauty, witty observations and a fascinating glimpse into his world. His images often flattered but his diaries and journals didn't necessarily follow suit and he was described by Jean Cocteau as `Malice in Wonderland'. ?

Included are stars of music, fashion, society, stage and screen. From Mick Jagger and Andy Warhol, Coco Chanel and Princess Grace through to Greta Garbo, Elizabeth Taylor and Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali.

Of Audrey Hepburn, Beaton said `she is like a portrait by Modigliani where the various distortions are not only interesting in themselves but make a completely satisfying composite'.

Marilyn Monroe `romps, she squeals with delight, she leaps on the sofa. It is an artless, impromptu, high-spirited, infectiously gay performance. It will probably end in tears'.

Marlon Brando was `pallid as a mushroom, smooth-skinned and scarred, with curved feminine lips and silky hair, he seems as unhealthy as a lame duck. Yet his ram-like profile has the harsh strength of the gutter'

Cecil Beaton's life spanned many worlds and these are captured here through his fabulous photographs and incisive observations.?

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Katharine Hepburn, 1936

"Katharine Hepburn creates a bad first impression. Her personality is so forceful that she appears to be ill-mannered and high-handed, and, for this, she is apt to be unpopular. But her honest frankness cannot be hidden and her intensity and extreme youthfulness are utterly disarming..." C.B.

Marlon Brando, 1946

"Perhaps Mr Brando is at his best when playing roles closer to his nature. Pallid as a mushroom, smooth-skinned and scarred, with curved feminine lips and silky hair often falling in picturesque disarray, he seems as unhealthy as a lame duck. Yet his ram-like profile has the harsh strength of the gutter. Is he pretending to be tougher than he is? Does he try to hide an intelligent, sensitive core, or is he a charlatan pretending to be an intellectual? Whatever he may be, his anarchic muggings and behaviour are always intensely interesting to watch on the screen..." - C.B.

Elizabeth Taylor, 1957

Cecil was no fan of Elizabeth Taylor. When he was asked to photograph her in April 1968, he asked for the exorbitant fee of five thousand dollars and was delighted to be turned down: ‘She’s everything I dislike.’ But he had to photograph her at the Proust Ball in 1971, on which occasion he picked her apart, jewel by jewel.

Audrey Hepburn on set for the film of My Fair Lady, 1963

Like most people, Cecil adored Audrey Hepburn and was thrilled at the chance of dressing her for the film of My Fair Lady, aware that she was usually dressed by Givenchy. He was even more pleased to be allowed to photograph her for two days in a number of the clothes to be worn by the extras in the Ascot scene. He took 350 exposures.

Isak Dinesen, 1957

"Who is Isak Dinesen? The almost legendary author is something of a Gothic figure herself – the Baroness Blixen, now residing permanently in her native Denmark, either at her own castle in Rungsted Kyst or (in summer) staying with friends on some remote island. No one would judge from her appearance that she is a writer. Indeed, this delicate and somewhat gaunt figure might be an illustration for one of her own tales. Her heavily powdered face is as egg-shaped as a Modigliani. The nose is a sensitive beak, and the vivid, bird-like eyes are rimmed with kohl. The mouth, slightly tilted sideways, implies the anguish and suffering of her life. Dressed entirely in black, with a fur over her shoulders, Isak Dinesen is a romantic figure out of Balzac that has somehow survived into the twentieth century..." - C.B.

Andy Warhol at The Factory, New York, 1969

"Most curious and indescribable, the haunted world presided over by the zombie, more dead than alive since he was shot, of Andy Warhol. At first the mercurial groups of strange people, sitting around in silence and moving pointlessly around his huge factory, were difficult to capture. But eventually I felt I had a valuable addition to the exhibition. Warhol, looking through some art magazines says, ‘Isn’t the art scene today revolting! Oh I wish I could think of a way of making it worse!’ May 1969, New York" - C.B.

Rudolf Nureyev, 1962

"The curtain went up to the music of Scriabin. The huge stage was empty except for the scarlet-shrouded object standing centre. A crack of applause broke from the audience. Here was the exile of the Soviet Union, subdued no longer. Suddenly the cloak moved more swiftly than the eye could follow, and was violently whisked away to reveal a savage young creature, half naked, with wild eyes on an ecstatic, gaunt face, and a long mop of flying, silk hair, rushing towards the footlights. The force and dynamic power of this unexpected figure was shocking and compelling. The dance upon which he had embarked was so strong in its impact that the theatre became an arena of electrified silence. The wild, faunlike creature, with the parted pout, was darting round the stage, dipping and weaving like a swallow, then turning in screws like a whiplash. Then he began slowly to weave, like the leaves of water-plants, but always with metallic resilience and strength.." - C.B.

Mick Jagger, Marrakech, 1967

Cecil relished the Rolling Stones for their originality and for their evident enjoyment of life, echoing what some of his generation had done in the 1920s. Cecil was so excited by Mick Jagger that he painted him from a photograph. He longed to meet him but when he did so, dismissed him for having no conversation, thought his ‘marvellous face’ was only for photography, and was convinced (wrongly, for once) that he would be a has-been by the age of twenty-five. Cecil had his best chance to observe the Stones when three of them materialised at the Mamounia Hotel in Marrakech where he was staying in March 1967. He was not especially interested in Keith Richards or Brian Jones – to the point that he mistook Richards for the drummer and named the latter Brian Forbes in his diary. But Mick Jagger engaged his closest attention.

About the Author:

SIR CECIL BEATON (1904–80) was educated at Harrow and Cambridge. His photographs first appeared in Vanity Fair and Vogue in the 1920s. During World War II he served in the British Ministry of Information, covering the fighting in Africa and East Asia. The foremost photographer of his day, he also designed the settings and costumes for numerous films and plays, and was a published and well-known diarist. Beaton was knighted in 1972.HUGO VICKERS is a biographer, lecturer and broadcaster. He was invited to become Cecil Beaton’s authorized biographer in 1979 and has since 1987 served as Beaton’s literary executor.

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Descrizione libro Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd, United Kingdom, 2014. Hardback. Condizione libro: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. This beautiful collection of fabulous photographs and incisive pen portraits captures the world of Cecil Beaton, one of the most celebrated portrait photographers of the twentieth century. Cecil Beaton: Portraits and Profiles combines Beaton s photographic and pen portraits. Beaton s portraits offer insight, beauty, witty observations and a fascinating glimpse into his world. His images often flattered but his diaries and journals didn t necessarily follow suit and he was described by Jean Cocteau as Malice in Wonderland . Included are stars of music, fashion, society, stage and screen. From Mick Jagger and Andy Warhol, Coco Chanel and Princess Grace through to Greta Garbo, Elizabeth Taylor and Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali. Of Audrey Hepburn, Beaton said she is like a portrait by Modigliani where the various distortions are not only interesting in themselves but make a completely satisfying composite . Marilyn Monroe romps, she squeals with delight, she leaps on the sofa. It is an artless, impromptu, high-spirited, infectiously gay performance. It will probably end in tears . Marlon Brando was pallid as a mushroom, smooth-skinned and scarred, with curved feminine lips and silky hair, he seems as unhealthy as a lame duck. Yet his ram-like profile has the harsh strength of the gutter Cecil Beaton s life spanned many worlds and these are captured here through his fabulous photographs and incisive observations. Codice libro della libreria AA29780711235502

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