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Marcel Marceau | by Steve.D.Hammond.
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Marcel Marceau

Hello everyone todays painting is of a great artist and he didnt have to utter a word or get his fingers dirty from paint,but then again maybee he did by putting on his makeup,his name is Marcel Marceau (22 March 1923 – 22 September 2007) and he was an famous French actor and mime most famous for his persona as Bip the Clown.Marcel was a brave man,. He fought against the Nazis... as he was Jewish...I was surprise to find out his surname was really Mangel. He used 'Marceau' in order to hide his Jewish origins. However, as a gesture of defiance the name was chosen as a reference to François Séverin Marceau-Desgraviers, a general of the French Revolution.Marceau also adopted different poses, including that of a Boy Scout leader, when he put his life at risk to smuggle Jewish children and the children of underground members across the border into Switzerland .He was admired for his peerless style pantomime, moving audiences without saying a single word, and was known to the World as a "master of silence."its kind of funny because I never really enjoyed watching mimes, but Marcell was so amazing I couldnt stop watching him, and started to do research on him.Marcel Marceau gave his first big public performance to 3000 troops after liberation of Paris in August of just a couple of minutes, he could show a metamorphosis of an entire human life from birth to death. Through his alter ego, Bim, he played out the human comedy without uttering a word. His classic silent works such as The Cage, Walking Against the Wind, The Mask Maker, In The Park, and satires on artists, sculptors, matadors, has been described as works of genius.

Some Personal Quotes From Marcel Marceau,

Among those kids was maybe an Einstein, a Mozart, somebody who (would have) found a cancer drug. That is why we have a great responsibility. Let us love one another. - on the children killed in Auschwitz.


Yes, I cried for him. - on his father's death in Auschwitz


The people who came back from the [concentration] camps were never able to talk about it. My name is Mangel. I am Jewish. Perhaps that, unconsciously, contributed towards my choice of silence. - on a reason for his interest in the wordless art

one of my favotie quotes of his was( Never get a mime talking. He won't stop.)At the age of 84, Marcel Marceau died at the racetrack in Cahors, France, on 22 September 2007. At his burial ceremony, the second movement of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 (which Marceau long used as an accompaniment for an elegant mime routine) was played,please take a minute and watch the youtube clip below of this amazing man, take care steve.p.s. in case your wondering thats his other hand on top of his head for this classic pose in this painting.18x 24 in. you tube clip here


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Taken on August 23, 2010