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Old King Cole painting by Maxfield Parrish in The Devil Wears Prada movie
Old King Cole, Maxfield Parrish
Movie: The Devil Wears Prada
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cast: Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, Stanley Tucci, Rich Sommer, Simon Baker, James Naughton
actors in scene: Anne Hathaway, Simon Baker
country (movie): USA
genres: drama, comedy
director: David Frankel
writers: Don Roos, Aline Brosh McKenna
time of scene: 00:53:18
release year: 2006
painting title: Old King Cole
author: Maxfield Parrish
date of creation: 1906
style: Realism
size: large
artist's country: USA
room: hotel, restaurant
room colors: brown
theme: genre scene
color: blue, green, yellow, creamy
additional description:
The painting was commissioned for John Jacob Astor IV as an adornment for the hotel he financed, the Knickerbocker, at the southeast corner of Broadway and 42d Street. Parrish’s Quaker upbringing made him reluctant to paint a mural for a bar but the artist was offered a kingly sum for 1906, $5,000, to complete it.
After the Knickerbocker was converted to an office building, the painting was moved to the St. Regis, at 2 East 55th Street, in the mid-1930’s. It became the centerpiece of the bar, which was already famous for being the birthplace of the Bloody Mary cocktail.
The painting became a signature feature of the hotel that would later be inhabited by Ernest Hemingway and Marlene Dietrich, and where Salvador Dalí stayed for a decade. Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio lived there, and John Lennon and Yoko Ono took up residence in 1971 before moving to the Dakota.
This painting launched Parrish career. Some of his paintings have sold for millions.
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