Paul César Helleu (1859-1927) - Lillian Gish. Pastel on Paper. France. Circa 1920's.

Paul César Helleu (1859-1927) - Lillian Gish. Pastel on Paper. France. Circa 1920's.
"Even their portraits differ. Lillian, with one of her rare, and rarely sweet, smiles produced an old photograph of a rotund, serious child borne down, it would appear, by a heavy weight of care.
” This is Dorothy’s picture when she was a baby. The family call it Grandma Gish.”
“Yes. Look on this and then on that.”
The “that” at which Dorothy Gish’s brown head nodded was Helleu’s portrait of Lillian Gish as he saw her, a mist of bluish grays, enswirling, cloud-like, a delicate face with. deeply, widely blue eyes, of the soberness and inscrutability of the Sphinx."
(The Gish Girls Talk About Each Other
To ADA PATTERSON (Photoplay Feb – Jun 1921)


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