Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2000. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's black cloth, spine gilt, original illustrated dust jacket.
"[People have] never seen what they look like when they’ve been sitting still for three hours. Something deep comes out, something very different and shocking." Signed monograph of LA artist Don Bachardy’s portraits of friends, writers, actors, and artists. In opposition to the Abstract Expressionist movement in the 1950s, Bacharay dedicated his life to the art of portraiture and is best known for his frank and revealing studies of actors, writers, artists, composers, directors, and other Hollywood notables, as well as being the lifetime partner of writer Christopher Isherwood, with whom he often collaborated. This collection gathers his portraits of 33 famous figures, such as Ingrid Bergman, Charlotte Rampling, Iris Murdoch, Vincent Minelli, Allen Ginsberg, and Jack Nicholson, alongside his journal entries on his creative process with each of his subjects. Illustrated with black-and-white plates. Signed by Bachardy to the title page. Minor soiling to spine and rear panel of unclipped dust jacket, else fine. Item #6747