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Artist:
Yousuf Karsh, 23 Dec 1908 - 13 Jul 2002  Search this
Sitter:
Groucho Marx, 2 Oct 1895 - 19 Aug 1977  Search this
Chico Marx, 22 Mar 1891 - 11 Oct 1961  Search this
Harpo Marx, 23 Nov 1893 - 28 Sep 1964  Search this
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image/Sheet: 39.1 × 48.5 cm (15 3/8 × 19 1/8")
Mount: 55.8 × 66 cm (21 15/16 × 26")
Mat (Karsh exhibit): 66 × 81.3 cm (26 × 32")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1946
Exhibition Label:
On stage and in the movies, the Marx Brothers entertained audiences with their madcap escapades and gleefully irreverent assaults on authority. A family act that originated in vaudeville, the Marx Brothers—Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and straight man Zeppo (who would leave the ensemble in 1933)—scored their first Broadway success in the 1924 production I’ll Say She Is. The hit shows that followed—The Cocoanuts and Animal Crackers—inaugurated the brothers’ talking pictures career when both musical comedies were adapted for the screen. Moviegoers savored the antics of Groucho, the greasepaint-mustachioed punster; laughed at the hijinks of Harpo, the mute, harp-playing mischief maker; and delighted in the comic ramblings of Chico, the pseudo-Italian immigrant. With memorable performances in classics such as Duck Soup (1933) and A Night at the Opera (1935), the Marx Brothers upended convention and invigorated American comedy.
Karsh created this portrait in Hollywood while on assignment for Life magazine.
Topic:
Costume\Headgear\Hat  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Table  Search this
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Mustache  Search this
Groucho Marx: Male  Search this
Groucho Marx: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater  Search this
Groucho Marx: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie  Search this
Groucho Marx: Performing Arts\Performer\Comedian  Search this
Groucho Marx: Performing Arts\Performer\Television Personality  Search this
Groucho Marx: Performing Arts\Performer\Vaudeville  Search this
Groucho Marx: Oscar  Search this
Chico Marx: Male  Search this
Chico Marx: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater  Search this
Chico Marx: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie  Search this
Chico Marx: Performing Arts\Performer\Comedian  Search this
Chico Marx: Performing Arts\Performer\Vaudeville  Search this
Harpo Marx: Male  Search this
Harpo Marx: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater  Search this
Harpo Marx: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie  Search this
Harpo Marx: Performing Arts\Performer\Comedian  Search this
Harpo Marx: Performing Arts\Performer\Vaudeville  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Estrellita Karsh in memory of Yousuf Karsh
Object number:
NPG.2012.77.71
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
© Estate of Yousuf Karsh
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Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4b175443b-0d1c-4a15-8a1a-5cddab0ec60e
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.2012.77.71