Marlene Dietrich

dietrichAfter WWII, Marlene Dietrich visisted Amsterdam a couple of times. I think it was in the early fifties, she stayed in a hotel in Concertgebouwbuurt, a hotel owned by the Van Venetië family.

There was a painter, Eduard de Froe. He was a friend of the van Venetië’s. He often came to the hotel, had a coffee, and one day, he saw Marlene. He asked, “can I paint you? Please?”. Marlene agreed, so De Froe painted her, in a few sessions, she was wearing a hat, looking happy. De Froe kept the painting, nobody knew it existed. Until it emerged, in the nineties. It’s a beautiful painting.

It’s not for sale.

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