Top Marx – AO047
This oil on canvas painting is another from my colour and form series where I use colour and form as a means to describe my characters. To give my viewer a sense of who the subjects are by using colour to influence emotions and moods and form and shape to include, dis-include or possibly exaggerate or certain personality traits.
Groucho, Harpo and Chico (Points) are three of five brothers from the famous Marx Brothers comedy act successful in Vaudeville, on Broadway and in some of the earlies motion pictures in form early 1900’s to around 1950. I chose to paint these three because of their own unique and different personalities and used colour to describe these individual traits. These three comedians came together in a way that uniquely portrayed their own personalities as well as complimented and enhanced the others. It was a brilliant balance of individual styles coming together to form a magnificent and highly successful team.
In the painting I have included certain physical objects synonymous with the brother’s personalities. Groucho’s glasses and cigar, Harpo’s golden curls and trick rose and Chico’s bow tie and Tyrolean hat. Although the brothers have distinct personalities, they are still brothers so to portray this, I have included their individual tie styles but connected them by including their brothers colours.
I love and admire these guys. I still to this day use some of Groughos quotes and sayings. I think their influence helped to shape Hollywood and this continues into today. They were a large part of a very successful period of a time admired by millions throughout the world.
My name is Peter Jantke and I am an artist living in Queensland Australia. To see my bio, please click here
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All prints are Limited Edition and personally printed, signed and numbered by the artist. This print is available in three sizes:
The following sizes are the art face and do not include borders and rebates.
Small – Face size 35cm x 50cm (13.8″x 19.7″)
Medium – Face size 56cm x 80cm (23.3″x 31.4″)
Large – Face size 84cm x 120cm (33″x 47.2″)
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