CM: As daughter of the great actress Irene Rich (1891-1988), Frances Rich had the opportunity to make the acquaintance of many stars from the world of film, stage and television. Her friendship with her contemporary Katharine Hepburn was to reward Rich's sculpture. The first record of Rich's sculptural take of Hepburn was a statuette of 1958 entitled Kate in Greece. When Rich created her Tragic Mask of Katharine Hepburn in 1960, the sitter had recently co-starred with Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift in Suddenly, Last Summer. That 1959 film was an American melodrama based on the play of the same title by Tennessee Williams (1911-1983). The plot centered on a 1930s psychiatrist evaluating a female patient who, by the hand of her wealthy New Orleans aunt (Hepburn), became a lobotomy candidate after witnessing the mysterious death of her male cousin while travelling in Spain the previous summer. Hepburn was nominated in the best actress category at both the Academy Awards and Golden Globe Awards. Rich's take in portraiture here - a slice of the sitter's head - is bold and original. In this stripe of flesh, Rich captures in detail Hepburn's long neck, stylish hair, thin face and dreamy countenance. The eyes are clearly open to an inner vision, while the slight tilting of the head suggests that the sitter's thoughts are taking flight.
[Megakles Rogakos 01/2009]
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES Frances Rich - La Gazelle 2010 The American College of Greece - ACG Art, Athens