LAURA (1946) Signed hand-painted maquette by Ercole Brini


[Twentieth Century Fox: Rome, 1946]. Vintage original 39 1/4 x 27 1/4″ (100 x 69 cm.) original artwork signed by the artist. Entirely unrestored, the board exhibits some light cracking around the perimeter, none of which impinges on the overall appearance of the artwork, just about fine.

A magnificent rendering of the enigmatic character of Laura (Gene Tierney) in Otto Preminger’s film noir classic, here with dark auburn hair and brilliant blue eyes, rendered by prolific Italian painter and illustrator Ercole Brini (1913-1980). The original, hand-painted maquette is offered here for the Italian two foglio poster. The painting is accomplished in mixed media on a lightweight artboard, tipped at the top of the verso to a backing board. The artist has signed at the upper right, “E Brini”. The sketchy trench-coated figure looming with a shotgun in the shadows adds the perfect degree of tension to the composition.

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