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The atmosphere created by this portrait takes us back to the world of seduction and impossible love.


Artist's interpretation


This portrait titled " Marlene " in tribute to film actress Marlene Dietrich The image is taken from one of the most famous scenes from the film "_cc781905- 5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_Shangaï Express ” by filmmaker Josef von Sternberg in 1932. In this film Marlene Dietrich plays the role of Shanghai Lily, a life girl aboard a train heading to Shanghai which will be intercepted by rebels and where an old impossible love story will resurface.

. I chose oil as a medium to execute this canvas in order to explore a plasticity and a texture different from that given by acrylic. A monochromatic approach using black and white brushstrokes arranged somewhat in a pointillist fashion, but interpreted in a contemporary fashion, allows the interplay of shadows and lights which are so important in conveying the intensity of the character to be well conveyed. The texture generated by the plastic work of the spatula in the material admirably amplifies the emotion that emerges from this canvas.


Technical data


Title of the canvas: Marlene

Artist: Luc Fortier

Year of completion : 2019

Location : Montreal

Theme: Portrait

Style: Contemporary Pointillism

Medium : Oil on canvas

Technique : Painting knife

Original work size: 48 x 48 x 1.5 in (121.9 x 121.9 x 3.8 cm)

Hanging system included: Iron wire at the back

Dominant colors: Monochrome black and white


  • For each canvas purchased, a certificate of authenticity signed by the hand of the artist is given attesting that the work is unique and original

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