DescriptionFrank Sinatra Original 1985 Oil Painting. Frank Sinatra supremely conveyed a vast emotional spectrum, both musically and cinematically, for a half century. During his later years, after retiring from films, he enjoyed having ample time to indulge his love of painting, which he found both physically relaxing and artistically invigorating. In her introduction to the 1991 book A Man and His Art: Frank Sinatra, his daughter Tina writes: "Like most artists, Dad's moody. He's said that he likes to get his paintings finished quickly because his mood begins to change. He's got his attention directed at the canvas for a period of time, and then he wants to move on to the next one." In 1985, Sinatra went through a phase during which he favored the pattern used in this painting, an explosive burst of bold colors (including his favorite, orange) in all directions.
This rare 38" x 38" painting, framed in 1.5" gold-colored aluminum, also includes a 1" pink matte. It is signed "Sinatra 85" at lower right. Sinatra created this work as a personal gift for his longtime aide and closest friend, Jilly Rizzo, whom he considered "the brother I never had." From the Jilly Rizzo Estate Archive. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from William Rizzo.
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