Harold Town - Film Stars

 

 

“For me, the ultimate attraction of the early movies is the sheer filmic presence of its greatest stars. … Where have all the faces gone? The first stars had faces, they all had style. Nowadays, style seems to get in the way of film-making”. So feels Harold Town, noted Canadian artist and movie buff and, to prove his point, he has captured, in 105 superb full page drawings, most of his film deities, their panache, their foibles - in portraits as well as scenes from their most famous movies. Such mythic personalities as W.C. Fields, Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, are lovingly and understandingly portrayed by a great artist. Vincent Price, who supplies the introduction to the book, calls Town “a genius,” and this applies not only to his drawings but to Town’s accompanying text, a warm discerning memoir of what the “silver screen” and its stars have meant to him - as boy and man.

~ Silent Stars • Sound Stars • Film Stars, 1971 (McClelland & Stewart)

 

Artist: Harold Town Lithograph:Charlie Chaplin in The Cure

Charlie Chaplin in The Cure - lithograph

Artist: Harold Town Lithograph: Pola Negri

Pola Negri - lithograph

 

Artist: Harold Town Lithograph:William S. Hart

William S. Hart - lithograph, Ed. 4/60 (1970)

 

 

Artist: Harold Town Lithograph:Rudolf Valentino

Rudolf Valentino - lithograph

 

Artist: Harold Town Lithograph: Clark Gable and Jean Harlow

Clark Gable and Jean Harlow - lithograph

 

Artist: Harold Town Lithograph: William S. Hart

William S. Hart - lithograph

 

Harold Town - 2017 - Works
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Harold Town - 2015 - Works
Harold Town - 2013 - P11 60th Anniversary
Harold Town - 2011 - Works
Harold Town - 2010 - Film Stars
Harold Town - 2009 - Works from 1952-1987
Harold Town - 2008 - Works
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