A Streetcar Named Desire Upclose by Anthea  Slade

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A Streetcar Named Desire Upclose featured in Paint Book 30 July 2011.

A Streetcar Named Desire Upclose featured in Art at Heart 24 July 2011

A Streetcar Named Desire Upclose featured in Shameless Self-Promotion on 22 July 2011

A Streetcar Named Desire Upclose by Anthea Slade

A Streetcar Named Desire starring Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh is a powerful psychological film written by Tennessee Williams and directed by Elia Kazan with the provocative taunting by Stanley (Brando) of the emotionally and mentally fragile Blanche (Leigh) at its heart. This struggle is juxtaposed beside the intense passionate earthy chemistry between Stanley and his wife Stella.

In his Autobiography Brando Songs My Mother Taught Me Brando speaks at length about A Streetcar Named Desire. Here are a couple of snippets.

Brando on Stanley Kowalski: “A few writers suggested that in portraying the insensitive, brutish Stanley Kowalski I was really portraying myself, in other words the performance succeeded because I was Stanley Kowalski. I’ve run into a few Stanley’s in my life muscled, inarticulate, aggressive animals who go through life responding to nothing but their urges and never doubting themselves. But they weren’t me. I was the anthithesis of Stanley Kowalski. I was sensitive by nature and he was coarse, a man with unerring animal instincts and intuition. Later in my career I did a lot of research before playing a part, but I did not do any on him. He was a compendium of my imagination based on the lines of the play. I created him from Tennessees words.”

Brando on Tennessee Williams: “…at the height of his powers he was an extraordinary writer as well as a lovely man, extremely modest and soft spoken. Kazan accurately described him as a man with no skin: he was skinless defensive, vulnerable to everything and everybody, cruelly honest, a poet and a pristine soul who suffered from deep seated neurosis, a sensitive gentle man destined to destroy himself. He never lied. never said anything nasty about anybody, and was always witty, but he led a wounded life. If we had a culture that gave added support and assistance to a man of Tennessees delicacy, perhaps he would have survived.”


Creating art and writing is like breathing to me, it keeps me alive. If I stop creating my world shrinks and contracts. When I start to create again it expands and is filled with colour. I feel whole. To create is to be completely, unabashedly alive.

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  • anaisanais
    anaisanaisover 3 years ago


  • Anna thank you so much my friend.

    – Anthea Slade

  • Angela  Burman
    Angela Burmanover 3 years ago

    Another stunning piece Anthea. I do hope you are doing a series. Another huge favourite for me xx

  • Angie thank you so much. I have a number brewing soon to be created :):)

    – Anthea Slade

  • Rhinovangogh
    Rhinovangoghover 3 years ago

    Hi Anthea! I have been meaning to tell you how much I have been enjoying watching your growth as an artist. I love how your drawings are coming along. It seems that the more you do the better you get. I love it! Keep them coming! Sincerely, J

  • Wow what a beautiful encouraging comment Rhino. Thank you for writing this to me and I am glad you think so. Have a great weekend.

    – Anthea Slade

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 3 years ago


  • Liz thank you so much my friend.

    – Anthea Slade

  • biddumy
    biddumyover 3 years ago
    Tension and passion so close you can almost touch it, lovely art!!!
  • biddumy thank you so much for this fine comment.

    – Anthea Slade

  • shanghaiwu
    shanghaiwuover 3 years ago
  • Shanghaiwu thank you for the feature of A Streetcar Named Desire Upclose in Shameless Self-Promotion.

    – Anthea Slade

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    Mariaan M Krog...about 3 years ago

    Your artwork is featured in Art At Heart

    24 July 2011

  • Mariaan thank you for featuring A Streetcar Named Desire in Art at Heart.

    – Anthea Slade

  • rainbowcreative
    rainbowcreativeabout 3 years ago


  • Thank you Sarah.

    – Anthea Slade

  • pat gamwell
    pat gamwellabout 3 years ago
  • Pat thank you so much for featuring Streetcar Named Desire Upclose in Paint Book on 30 July 2011.

    – Anthea Slade

  • ArtLacoque
    ArtLacoqueabout 3 years ago

    Fantastic Anthea how you bring all these emotions and tensions into your work. Your writing is so fine, even that I do not know the novel nor the film I want to find it now. Thank you for the inspiration.Ruth

  • Oh thank you dear Ruth for this gorgeous comment on A Streetcar Named Desire. I hope you will get a chance to watch it you. You will love it. If we lived closer I could lend you my copy :) Lovely to see you again. I have missed you. I hope you had a great holiday.

    – Anthea Slade

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