Charlotte Rampling, Icon of the Swinging Sixties

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Charlotte Rampling, Icon of the Swinging Sixties
Currently on show in Paris for the first time, 19 of Charlotte Rampling’s paintings can be seen at the Musee d’Art Moderne de Paris (MAM) until September 10th as part of the “Mondes parallèles” collective exhibition Some 25 years ago, the renowned and singular British actress, Charlotte Rampling, had an irresistible and overwhelming urge to paint. Her paintings remained for years unsigned, intensely private, and her closely guarded secret. A portrait of the British film actress Charlotte Rampling. 1970s (Photo by Angelo Deligio/Mondadori via Getty Images and Wikimedia Commons) It was a tortuous progression of learning what was right, which colors would satisfy her inner urge to put her feelings onto the 45cms x 50cms fiberboard panels she used. Her method of painting was almost primitive: she used her thumb and the flat of her hand, rubbing and scratching the surface of the canvas, the colors quickly becoming darker and more sombre. She said that her paintings, “came out of the darkness, out of my darkness.” Her painting has become an obsession, the silhouettes appearing from the darkness like ghostly apparitions. Her paintings are visceral — she has no plan. She believes that the paintings are psychological, emanating from the mystery within her, that manipulating the paints will help free the genie.
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Lead photo credit : Italian movie Sequestro di persona (1968). Wikimedia commons

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After some dreary years in the Civil Service, Marilyn realized her dream of living in Paris. She arrived in Paris in December 1967 and left in July 1969. From there she lived in Mallorca, London, Oman, and Dubai, where she moved with her husband and young son and worked for Gulf News, Khaleej Times and freelanced for Emirates Woman magazine. During this time she was also a ground stewardess for Middle East Airlines. For the past 18 years they've lived on the Isle of Wight.

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  • Barnaby Conrad
    2023-07-07 04:38:38
    Barnaby Conrad
    Terrific profile on Charlotte Rampling, Marilyn. Thank you, Barnaby Conrad III

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    •  Marilyn Brouwer
      2023-07-07 07:13:03
      Marilyn Brouwer
      Lovely to hear from you Barnaby. Thank you for your comment and hope you are well. Kindest Marilyn

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  • Beth Gersh-Nesic
    2023-07-06 06:35:12
    Beth Gersh-Nesic
    Superbe, Marilyn! Merci beaucoup for a beautifully written and informative article about one of my favorite actresses.

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    •  Marilyn Brouwer
      2023-07-07 04:32:14
      Marilyn Brouwer
      Thanks Beth, She certainly is a fascinating woman and a sublime actress. I still love her dark character in 'The Night Porter' but to have other talents too seems quite unjust!

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