While finding images for yesterday’s post on Franz Kline, I came across this photo of Steve Martin. He is standing in front of Rue, a painting by Kline.
Photo of Steve Martin in front of Rue by Franz Kline. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz.
Steve Martin owned this painting sometime in the late 1970s. He said that: “he had always wanted to be part of it”. The photo is Martin’s attempt at realizing this goal. A white suit and gloves are covered in black paint, mimicking Rue:
Rue by Franz Kline, 1959. Image courtesy of Fifty Two Pieces.
Fashion photographer Annie Leibovitz took the photo of Steve Martin in Beverly Hills. Leibovitz’s photos of Martin dressed as a Kline painting appeared in a 1981 issue of Rolling Stone magazine.