Over the years...these 46 years that I have known Morris , I have collected a lot of his work. And, over these years he has very generously given me many gifts of his work, too, for one reason or another...This is a beautiful rendering of a Magnolia blossom....
And over the years, occassionally someone else will ask him to paint something for me for my Birthday...And if it's a collector who he knows very well, he is okay with that, as long as they don't tell him what to paint.... This particular gift, (as seen above) came from Lee Grant and her husband Joe Feury....For those who might be to young to remember, Lee is one of the great actresses of our time...and she also happens to be a stunning director, too, as well as a fantastic acting teacher...
Her dear husband Joey is a Film Producer....and together their production company was responsible for a huge number of the Lifetime channels "Intimate Portraits"....a series very much like Biography, except most of the women honored in this manner were still alive at the time these were made and appeared in them. When I first saw Lee she was in the original Broadway company of a play called "Detective Story" (1950-51)...later made into a film with Kirk Douglas, in which Lee appeared in the very same part she created on Broadway (this was her first film), and she was nominated for an Academy Award....This was a really spectacular performance and when she left the screen---leaving the Police Station where all the action of the play/film took place, the audience in the movie theatre, applauded. I had never seen that happen before. Later, Lee won an Academy Award for her work as an actress in the film "Shampoo", and she also won an Emmy for the television series "Peyton Place"....true, it was a long time ago, but as Billy Wilder said..."You Are As Good As The Best Thing You Have Ever Done"....More recently she was in "Defending Your Life" and the Henry Jaglom film, "Shopping".
So digressing here for a moment, I first met Lee back when we were doing "Spoon River" on Broadway, (1963)....Joyce Van Patten and Lee were good friends, having been in a play together years before that. Lee came to see "Spoon River" and loved it! We became very great friends and in fact Lee was with me the day I found my house---this house that I have been in for 43 years....Lee & Joey moved to Los Angeles in 1965 and rented a house down in 'The Colony', at Malibu....Here below is a picture of Joey and me sitting at the pool of that house in 'The Colony'... I was the one who introduced them to Morris Broderson's work. They became big fans of his. In fact, I gave Joey a beautiful Broderson drawing called, "After The Crucification" for his 30th Birthday, 'back in the day', which was their very first Broderson. And I believe they own probably 6 or 7 important paintings of Morris' now....So, for my 60th Birthday, which was in 1996, Lee and Joey gave me the beautiful watercolor of that rose that I posted above....And what a lovely lovely gift it was....Here below is a close-up of their words, as written by Morris on the drawing itself.... It is interesting that the watercolor paper has acquired an 'antigue' look...that's because the framed painting hangs about 4 feet above the heating duct in my bedroom next to my bed....It actually has given it a wonderful aged look around the edges of the paper without effecting the actual painting, at all....
And below, a Poloroid photo taken of me and Lee at the home they built on a beautiful bluff in Malibu. I was there celebrating Thanksgiving with them....the year, 1978....One more thing about Lee & Joey before I go back to Morris.....My most favorite picture of me ever ever, was taken by Joey. And...the interesting thing is, the day he took this picture, I was at their rented house in Zuma Beach, with Morris. I had driven Morris out to visit them in Zuma, where we were going to spend the day and evening....We were out in the back/side yard and Joey was taking pictures of us. He took about 8 pictures all together...and I am unable to find the one he took of Morris and me....(drat!)...but here is the one that Joey took of me alone...My Very Favorite, Of All Time....it was August of 1969....Before I leave this Part-2 of Broderson, (well it is really Part 3....the de Mille & Broderson post being the first in this series....) I will show you one more very powerful Broderson painting....Many of you have seen it before because my Amaryllis sat in front of it while I documented it's lovely growth.....This painting seemed a very fitting background for the lovely Amaryllis. Next time I will show you some closer looks at this painting....further detailing this man's great great artistry...for now, I will just say that this is a self portrait, and the signifigence of the boy listening will be revealed....
Note: A word about this post...I am pretty sure I had posted this sometime ago, but somehow it got back into the drafts of posts...and in order to continue on to the next Morris Broderson post, I have had to re-post this....So, for those who have seen it before, I apologize, and for the people who haven't seen it before...well, enjoy, and you might want to refer back to the first two posts about Morris Broderson in my archives.
More To Come......
Thank you for sharing more of his work Naomi. It is all quite wonderful and that pastel of you is extraordinary - he really did look below the surface, past the everyday fascade to see what you were really feeling. I also love that photograph of you (the one that is your all time favourite), it has a real quality of life to it thta posed photo's sometimes lack and has a wonderful sense of mood to it.
The stories, the art, the flowers, the view from the balcony, the hills - Naomi, thank you for sharing your unique life and history. You are amazing - I am intrigued by all you have lived and experienced. Oh and friends, the most important of all - you are very special. Hugs.
i LOVE LOVE LOVE "listening" to your stories ... they have that touch to them, that makes the reader hang on to your words ...
blessing to you this day ...
It's always a great pleasure to listening your stories, Naomi! Love the Broderson's paintings and your pictures, too!
I love your stories too, Naomi. Broderson is new to me and I like his art very much. Lee Grant has been a favorite actress of mine for years, through her TV work in the 50's and 60's. It is nice to get to know them through you.
I love the painting, it's really pretty.
I'm curious, though, why that picture of you is your favorite of all time.
I just adore reading your blog and your memories...
The Magnolia painting is tunning...and your pictures...Oh my they just talk...
Thank you for sharing it with us.
I LOVE that orange rose. My favorite color of rose, with some purple... my favorite color period. Beautiful. :)
Those are beautiful paintings....how talented your friend is. :)
This was great Noami!! Such lovely pictures. I do like your bright blouse he chose for you to wear!
Such interesting stories you have to share of your life, and you tell them so well. I thoroughly enjoy reading your posts!
I love that picture (your favorite one) of you too. It is truly a great picture of you!!
It took me a while to get used to my portrait and it not really looking like me in the face...but like you said the artist wasn't a photography type artist and he picked up an nice peaceful aura of me so I have really grown to love it.
I love your pictures...the one of you alone was very very nice..I can see why it would be special to you.
I've enjoyed this part of your life you have shared with us!
I'm here from Michele's this time, but you know I come here every day anyway! I have to! If I missed one of your posts, I would feel cheated out of a wonderful segment of life.
Your stories are always fascinating and wonderfully illustrated. And you have such a privileged memory, it is absolutely wonderful the way you remember past events with so many details and feelings.
And now I can't wait to find out about the significance of the listening boy...!!!
I just love reading about all the fascinating people you know, Naomi! I could listen to your stories for HOURS and hours. Keep them coming,
Michele sent me this time.
Michele sent me back, Naomi. Thanks for your visit and the nice comments. As I look through this post again, I must say I like the pencil studies he did of you, and the rose is exquisite. The photo of you with Lee is wonderful (I wish Lee had not been putting food in her mouth...LOL)
I remember that last painting! And I am just really sitting back and enjoying SO MUCH all your tales of this wonderful artist and friend! I was trying sO hard to make out what the sign language says above the pastel of you ... I couldn't for the life of me though ... it's just not showing up clear enough even when I enlarge it. What does it say?
The poem reminds me of e. e. cummings.
I remember seeing Lee Grant on "Shampoo", when they showed it on tv, and didn't I see her in some tv work, in the 70's?
I was a little girl, then, but I remember her face, her voice, and her neat hair....
The photo Joey took of you shows you in a different way than any of the other photos you've ever shown of yourself here. I can see why you like it so much.
Broderson is a dear.
As always, an interesting story. Morris' work is very interesting. I like it.
My nine assignments are done for tomorrow morning's class (the last class ... yay!) so I'm baaaaaaaack! Did you miss me :)
I absolutely love that portrait of you. I am in awe of his work, and am so thrilled you are sharing it. The amaryllis one is beautiful as well.....i think i'm still partial to the sign language in the Christ picture, though.....
I really am a Voyeur when it comes to your blog. I love this peak into your past, into artists' lives and I wish I had some artistic talent to paint or draw. It's all so beautiful. My first thought when I saw the pastel of you was that you looked very sad and tired. As for the photo of you, all I can say, is movie star looks. There's so much character and interesting aspects to your face, even when you're not looking at the camera. Thanks for sharing.
you are simply an amazing story teller
Oh my. Such beautiful artwork. Thank you.
Here via Michele today.
These paintings are fascinating. I can understand why you treasure them so on many levels.
I'm so pleased to read of Lee Grant. She is an actress whose work over the years I have previously mentioned here that I have greatly appreciated. She is one, who when I see credits listing her name, lets me know I can generally anticipate a good performance whenever she is in the scene.
Thank you for your generous sharing here, and the link you provided me which I have followed and now appears in my blog post.
We've received much needed rain today at my house. Isn't it wonderful! I'll bet your cactus and flowers are drinking it all in. ;-)
After viewing the latest lovely Broderson art. I went back to look at all the others again and was able to see much more of the very delicate sensitivity they reflect.
I loved the favorite photo of you and saved it for my pictures album.
I was hoping you'd mention what he'd written at the top of your portrait. That's a beautiful portrait, I like the 3 views of you in pencil.
He seemed like such a unique man. Just the fact that he remembered what he wanted you to wear & was able to "bring to life" the sadness you were living. (I hope that makes sense to you)
The picture of you & Joey, is that a pencil drawing? It looks so much like a drawing. (oh, I know you don't answer these questions via your blog..if you want to answer these thru emails I'd appreciate it)
oh naomi! i am so glad that you share your memories with those of us in the blog-world. you've certainly enriched my life with your photos--both visual and verbal. i absolutely love morris broderson's work. i remember your post with the beautiful amaryllis in front of his self-portrait. i must say, i love his use of color and texture. beautiful!
oops I meant to tell you that I arrived via michele's this early morning! thank you again for sharing!
I love these paintings, they are quite, quite amazing.....
That rose from Lee and Joey is incredible.....
Somehow, I knew before I saw it that your favourite photo of yourself would be a more pensive 'alone' one - and it's very thought provoking.
Sorry I haven't been around, this week has been difficult due to working full-time with insomnia...
But I'll pop back later tonight while I'm babysitting.
Michele sent me to say 'goodnight' darling [blows kiss]
As always, a fascinating post. I completely agree with you about the way that the pastels work so well with you and that pretty blouse.
And the stories associated with the Broderson pictures are very interesting. I'm already guessing what you may say about the next one!
Those are fabulous pastel paintings. I wish I had the talent. Alas, I am an OK stick figure artist. :) I love the pictures of you Naomi. BTW, I was able to take a picture of our friend this week. :)
What a great post, Naomi. So informative and the paintings are superb. What a gifted artist he is!
BUT....I'm SO jealous of you...lol I have adored Lee Grant since those Peyton Place days. I think that's when I first discovered her. She's so attractive and I loved her style of acting. I missed her when she dropped out of the acting scene for her directing. So I really enjoyed hearing about Lee Grant here. And I love the photo of the two of you! Thanks for sharing all of this.
Back via Michele to say; I love the pencil sketches on your portrait :-)
What do the signs say at the top?
That last self-portrait is stunning - and I agree, the words on the magnolia painting are beautifully poetic. Here from Michele's today.
You manage to bring as much artistry to your images of the artists as the art works themselves. You are a gifted storyteller, Naomi. I can never get enough of your work.
Wow, I remember Lee Grant! I haven't heard her name in.. err, a long time!
Ilove the rose drawing!! wonderful, wonderful!!
Broderson's self portrait is electrifying, Naomi. The way he paints his eyes is intense. The linear aspect of the brush stroke across the lower section of the painting really accents the rest of the painting.
You are truly beautiful Naomi.
I was entralled from beginning to end with this post. Something about the art and his words and yours and photos made the reading journey so rich that I felt transported. I love the words Broderson wrote. It made me want to hear more and wonder about does a deaf person sees and feels language. I adore the aura around the first pastel and, like you, the subtley of colors.
I love his artwork, it's so intersting.
Love the picture of you and Lee, where she's popping something in her mouth. Quite candid, but she's still cute!
I very much enjoyed seeing this post again and to admire his wobderful art. The thing I admire most tghough is the way he painted asn saw the real you. So many people miss that. I guess we are all so busy most people don't really look past the daily facade that people wear. To be able to see it and then capture in art is a rare talebt indeed!
Wow! I'm doing my regular visit down the comment lines thing (Michele didn't send me, but she certainly directed me this way) and started reading this post: I thought I'd comment on how interesting it was to see the details in the painting, on how you manage so well to show what the artist has done, and almost, how he felt about the colours in your blouse --- and then the post takes a left turn at the first star and heads straight off to morning! What an incredible post!
Hi Naomi! Thank you for sharing your life story...through art and friends. Cheerio.
I enjoyed this re-post, Naomi. My favorite is the peach-colored rose. And my favorite photo is the the one of you and Lee where she is eating.
ah yes, I remember this post!.. but it's good you reposted it before going on! This way my poor memory is revived and ready! lol..
I remember this... but I also enjoyed reading it again. Refreshers are always good. :)
I had not seen this post before so I was thrilled to see it now. I love your stories, how people figure in your life etc. These paintings are fabulous but I have to say the last one KNOCKED ME OUT! It has great power to it! I just have no words. I look forward to hearing more about Broderson.
I am a fan of Lee Grant, she has this uniqueness to her that is unrivaled. The photo her husband took of you looks to carry a lot of emotion in it.
Thank you for sharing so much of yourself, your life and your friends....it's always a joy.
It's not only the pictures that bring me back, your stories are amazing.
The picture of you and Lee is my favorite.
I do recall this post Naomi, but I sure enjoyed reading it again and seeing the wonderful pictures! I can see why you like that picture of yourself that Joey took. It is a good one!
I'll be looking forward to the next part about this man and his fascinating work!
I am simply overwhelmed Naomi and you are a classic beautiful lady :D
The painting of you, what were you thinking? You looked so intringed and concentrating on something and I found this so interesting.
What a lovely post to cherish and to love your friends, thank you I've enjoyed this very much.
I remember this posting. It was just as interesting the second time around :)
You have lived -- and still do -- an amazing and facinating life, Naomi. So may interesting people who you have created and maintained long term loyal friendships with, such interesting art, and such a beautiful eye for capturing the life and lives around you, be it in your garden or your home, or with the people you cherish.
Hope you are having an excellent and healthy week !
Wonderful story. Those must have really been wonderful times for you. What a contrast to today's "Hollywood" stories as brought to us on television's Access Hollywood, Inside Story or Entertainment Tonight.
I am just learning about the art that is in my hand, so this pastel is really exciting for me. There is so much spirit in it. The technique is almost secondary.
The self portrait is just stunning -- a very pleasing composition and an arresting style.
I can see why you like that photo of yourself. In all the other photos I've seen of you it is the charismatic connection with Other that stands out. In this black and white photo it is your connection with Self that reigns.
I remembered this post, but I re-read it any way.
I remember the photo Joey took of you. It is a wonderful picture, but you KNOW the one I LOVE of you is the one I said reminded me of classic hollywood. I think you said your brother took it of you while you were on a boat, if I recall.
Morris Broderson obviously does more than just paint what we see on the outside of a person or thing. He looks beyond into the soul of the person or the meaning or feeling that exists around whatever he is painting. Some painters capture subjects perfectly like a photograph. Broderson's work is more emotional than that, and I can see why his works are so special to you. There's a personal connection.
It also doesn't hurt that he's a talented artist on top of it all. He's got the detailed ability of a fine artist coupled with the emotional element.
What beautiful art! They're truly gorgeous. Thank you for sharing your friend's art with us.
Here from Micheles today.
A true artist. He sees your love of flowers...even on your blouse. Is this a repost with some new added details. I seem to remember so much of it.
Wonderful, Naomi. The photos, the flowers, the paintings, the stories. Such a joy to come to your blog! xoxoxo
You have led, and are leading, a fabulous LIFE!
Just a very quick visit - back to read later, I want to get your URL to put you on my side bar. My friend Tom is coming to help me. I'm hopeless at links.
Thank you Naomi for the URL. So glad I came back to read this lovely post. The photograph is stunning and looks like it has been taken from some great drama. Also I love the delicate way the artist had done your neck in his sketches. Besutiful. I'm away this week-end. Have a good one!
Interesting artist with your story of how his, your life and friends intertwine. Think I've mentioned before, how much I always appreciated Lee Grant's work as did my husband.
I loved every word of this story. Thank you for all of the details, photographs and back-story -- I love back-story....
A wonderful story teller you are and so blessed to have all these nice links to your past. The paintings are incredible and I did love the way he captured your lovely blouse in that one painting. As always you are the extraordinary blogger!
I always enjoy your artful posts.
I've been smearing fluoricil on my face all summer. Not very fun, nor pretty.
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