I hate to be on a Joan Crawford run, but I just can't help but writing about this fantastic painting I saw in an old rerun of the Night Gallery. Actually, I only saw the pilot episode. I wasn't in love with the series and it certainly wasn't as good as The Twilight Zone. But there was something about it that still attracted me. While it might not have been the best show ever, there was still that wonderful Rod Sterling touch, that beautiful eeriness, and most importantly... art!
The Joan Crawford painting, titled "Eyes," is dated from 1969 and was painted by one of my favorite TV/movie artists, Jerry Gebr, the legendary Universal artist. Gebr did a lot of work for the Night Gallery and his talents were certainly very much in demand for an art-based show. I don't know the details of the painting, but I assume due to time constraints, that Gebr did the painting off a photo instead of off of Crawford herself. He still did a magnificent job, capturing Crawford in all her elegance. At the same time, the almost expressionist styling really lends to the feelings of the ominous and the horrofic.