Description Original done in pastel on panel. 36x60 inchesThe film Butterfield 8 marks a turning point in Elizabeth Taylor's career and life. Not only was this the first film she received and Oscar for, but it was also the last film she would do with MGM - the studio she'd been with since the beginning of her Hollywood career. While making this film she was cast in Cleopatra with 20th Century Fox where she began a tumultuous love affair with Richard Burton and altering the course of her life and career. Fox offered her a salary of $1 million which was the largest sum paid to any actor in Hollywood up to this point. In this scene from Butterfield 8 she is about to go through the door and bid farewell to her co-star and then husband Eddie Fisher. The significance surrounding this moment is symbolic beyond the scope of the film. It was during this time that she was quoted as saying: If someone's dumb enough to offer me a million dollars to make a picture, I'm certainly not dumb enough to turn it down.
Robert Scott Chiarella, Toronto Member Since April 2007 Artist Statement My work falls somewhere between classical and representational realism - with a touch of romanticism thrown in. I have a love for the visible and the sensory worlds and I strive to depict the beauty both in people and in everyday subjects, without idealization. Through my observations and awareness, I try to move past a static photographic interpretation and bring an energy and completeness to my compositions with a sense of order, beauty, and harmony.
My love of portraiture carries over into another one of my favorite subjects - old Hollywood.
It wasn't just the films themselves that hooked me, I've always been fascinated by the behind-the-scenes situations surrounding the filming. In a way it's like lifting a veil and getting a better look at the person behind the persona.
My Silver Screen series is both a study and a celebration of some of my favorite 20th Century films and icons.