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Rolf Armstrong

A recently discovered radiant c.1934 pastel portrait by Rolf Armstrong of the beautiful and glamorous and tragically short lived Hollywood film legend Carole Lombard. This work was never published, it was likely proposed as a cover forModern Screen magazine. During the late 1920s/early 1930s Armstrong created covers for numerous movie magazines such as PhotoplayScreenland and The New Movie Magazinebut by the mid-1930s had limited his work to just Modern Screen. For the title he created portraits of Katherine Hepburn, Greta Garbo and Jean Harlow that all feature the cross-hatch highlighting on display in this image of Lombard. This was a popular style in movie magazine cover art in the 1930s, but the work Armstrong did for Modern Screen appears to be his only experiment with it. It is unclear why this dramatic, finished example never came to publication, but the period in which Armstrong executed it marks the end of his time creating magazine work.

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