Manouche Madchen/Gypsy Girl
acrylic painting on 9″×11″ sketchbook paper of a gypsy. This came to me when I was reading a biography of Leni Riefenstahl. There was a photo in the book from her movie “Tiefland” or “Lowlands”. A theory of hers through several of her works was that the lowlands of the world were less pure than the highlands. This movie was in production for 5 years due to many complications in the filming the least of which was WWII. It was finished in 1944 and finally released in 1954. The gypsy extras were authentic gypsy from the camps which is where they where returned when filming was finished.
Leni was a very interesting person. She died at 98. A real survivor…unlike everyone around her. I think the only people photographed with Hitler more than her died in the bunker with him. She was an actress, director, writer, photographer and dancer. She should have danced the Spandau Ballet with the others.