Charlie Chaplin, A Movie Scene signed 'Granville Redmond JGR' (lower left) oil on masonite 10 1/4 x 8 1/4in
Provenance: Acquired from the Artist's son, Jean Granville Redmond, by descent through the family to the present owner Private Collection, San Francisco, California
Note: The J.G.R. in the signature indicates that Jean Granville Redmond signed this work for his father.
Granville Redmond had a studio on Charlie Chaplin's lot and acted in several of Chaplin's Films including: City Lights, A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate, The Idle Class, The Kid, A Days Pleasure, Sunnyside, You'd be Surprised and A Dog's Life. In 1917 his ability in sign language was put to good use when he became a key player in the silent movies in Hollywood. Redmond became good friends with Charlie Chaplin and was instrumental in perfecting Chaplin's pantomime technique. Chaplin collected and admired Redmond's paintings.
Charlie Chaplin commented on Redmond's paintings stating "Redmond paints solitude, and yet by some strange paradox the solitude is never loneliness. Sometimes I think that the silence in which he lives has developed in him some great capacity for happiness in which we others are lacking."