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Sunday, February 26, 2006

John Wayne


Oil on canvas. Or, possibly, exterior flat on plywood. I don't really know. Before I could figure out a way to climb up there, some people in a mini van drove up and started giving me strange looks. So, I moved along.

Posted by Marie at February 26, 2006 9:07 PM


I like the picture although I doubt that people much younger than me have any recollection of him. Certainly my kids have no real notion who he is.

Posted by: Kem White at February 27, 2006 11:36 AM

A good likeness. Kem's right. I doubt any of the younger generation can grasp his bigger-than-life celebrity and probably wonder why someone would hang his portrait there.

Posted by: Rob at February 27, 2006 3:23 PM

Au contraire -- the Duke in his "The Shootist" persona is a big hero to the hip-hop generation. There's a great recording by an Oakland rapper that uses samples of John Wayne soundbites from "Rio Bravo," "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance," and of course "The Shootist." You can find it online.

(In other news, that is a great painting, though it sort of takes an early-mid-career John Wayne costume -- from "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon," maybe -- and puts it on a early-late-career John Wayne face -- I'm thinking "McClintock.")

Posted by: Dan at February 27, 2006 11:15 PM