Georges Marchal signed and dated 'Jean 1944' (lower left), pencil 45.5 x 30cm (17 15/16 x 11 13/16in).
EXHIBITED: Paris, Le Salon des Peintres du Spectacle, 1995 Bruxelles, Musee D'Ixelles, 1991 Baden-Baden, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, 1989, no.312
Georges Marchal (1920-1997) was cast from a similar mould as Jean Marais: handsome, dashing, and excelling in costume dramas and swashbucklers. Like Marais, his route to the acting profession was not direct: he tried his hand as a docker and circus assistant before joining the Comedie-Francais. In 1940 he made his film debut in the comedy The French Way, starring Josephine Baker, and built up an impressive filmography over the next five decades, including The Three Musketeers (1953), Sheba and the Gladiator (1958) with Anita Ekberg, and Belle de Jour (1967) with Catherine Deneuve. In the late 1970s he acted in the television dramatization of Colette's Claudine novels (see lot 69) before retiring in 1989.