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    Large Oil Painting of James Dean as Malcolm in "Macbeth," Painted by Kenneth Kendall, in Heavy Golden Frame. When James Dean won the role of Malcolm in UCLA's 1951 production of Macbeth, he wrote to friends that landing the part was the biggest thrill of his life. This is a magnificent oil profile portrait of Dean, a dashing, almost angelic likeness of Dean as the tragedy's hero who leads his armies against the demonic Macbeth and becomes, at the play's triumphant close, the new King of Scotland. The artist is Kenneth Kendall, who met Jimmy in 1955 and whose more than 100 artistic tributes to James Dean include the bronze busts at Griffith Park, California and the James Dean Memorial Park in Fairmount, Indiana. Kendall based his portrait on a surviving photograph from the UCLA production and has painted the words "Dean as Malcolm" in the lower left area. The impressive 37.5" x 42" wooden frame has a vintage, antiquated look and perfectly suits the classical-style painting. A plaque on the frame reads, "James Dean Macbeth Kenneth Kendall," with "U.C.L.A." to the left of the play's title and "1951" to the right of it. A dashing, atypical, and beautifully-rendered study of a pre-stardom James Dean. From the James Dean Museum archive.

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