A pastel portrait of Charlton Heston (1923-2008) and wife Lydia, signed and dated 1980 at lower right by the well listed African-American artist ARTIS LANE (1927-). The work was acquired at the January 2016 estate sale held at the Heston home on Coldwater Canyon in Beverly Hills, California. The work, 24 1/2" by 18" (32" by 25 1/2" in quality gold leaf frame) was evidently commissioned by the Hestons, and it hung in their home for 35 years. The piece comes with a certificate of authenticity issued by the company that handled the estate sale for the family. Condition is excellent. A prize for the Hollywood memorabilia collector. Heston's legendary career of course spanned decades. His Moses in "The Ten Commandments" (1956) remains unforgettable among classic Hollywood performances. Artis Lane's works have recently brought significant sums at auctions of African-American art in New York. She is a sculptress and portraitist but has also worked in other media. In the past ten years she has received widespread recognition. Lane executed portraits of Nelson Mandela, Jacqueline Kennedy, Michael Jordan and other notables, and she designed a bronze portrait of Rosa Parks and the Congressional Medal of Freedom for her, as well. A bust of anti-slavery figure Sojourner Truth has been installed in the Capitol Visitors Center in Washington, D.C. See the artist's own website for much more information on her career. Lydia Heston passed away at age 95 in September 2018, having outlived her husband by a decade.
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