Anton BRUEHL, Portrait of Marlene Dietrich, Hollywood Enlarge 1 /1


Hawker, Port Augusta, Australia 1900 – San Francisco, United States of America 1982

  • United States from 1919

Portrait of Marlene Dietrich, Hollywood 1935 Title Notes: Dietrich was shooting the film 'Desire' at the time but the image was not commissioned by the studio or by Vanity Fair magazine.
Place made: New York, New York, United States of America
Materials & Technique: photographs, direct positive colour photograph Edition: 4/40

Dimensions: image 34.6 h x 26.8 w cm sheet 35.3 h x 27.8 w cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of American Friends of the National Gallery of Australia, Inc., New York, NY, USA, made possible with the generous support of Anton Bruehl Jr, 2006.
Accession No: NGA 2006.113

Born in South Australia in 1900, Anton Bruehl trained as an electrical engineer in Melbourne before immigrating in 1919 with his brother Martin to New York, where Anton went to work for General Electric Co. After studying art and design photography at Clarence White’s progressive School of Photography, by 1926 Bruehl was ready to turn his teenage hobby of photography into a new vocation. He set up a studio in New York catering to the increasing demand for stylish photographic advertising and by 1927 had recruited Martin.

The Bruehl brothers of Lexington Avenue were renowned for elaborate advertising tableaux, which were predominantly published in the Condé Nast publications Vogue, Vanity Fair and House and Garden.

Condé Nast sent Bruehl and Bourges to Hollywood in 1935 to make a series of portraits, of which this smouldering image of Marlene Dietrich is the best known.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2014
From: Collection highlights: National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2014