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Image of Clark Gable

George Hurrell
American, 1904–1992

Clark Gable

negative 1932; printed 1979-1980
From Portfolio I

Object Type: Photograph
Creation Place: North America, American, California
Dimensions:
13 3/8 in. x 10 1/2 in. (33.97 cm x 26.67 cm)
Medium and Support: Gelatin silver print on paper
Accession Number: 2000.0017

Credit Line: Gift of Stan Barnett


Few of George Hurrell’s subjects are as instantly recognizable as Clark Gable (1901-1960), who starred as Rhett Butler in Margaret Mitchell’s "Gone With the Wind" in 1939. When Hurrell made this portrait for MGM in 1932, he captured the actor’s dashing good looks, as well as the broad smile and bright eyes that made him an American heartthrob. A studio shot typical of Hurrell’s glamourous style, it exhibits the sophisticated lighting, strong contrast, and simple composition that reads well in grainy news-media reproductions and the popular pictorial magazines of the day.

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