For many years Luise has channelled her artistic drive into her own artwork. From an early age she was influenced by those who were creative, especially her mother, and in interviews she has suggested that falling into acting was merely chance, she could have easily taken another route, as long as she had the opportunity to be artistic. Aged 10 she remembers reproducing a work by Rembrandt only to be chastised by her father who told her, “It is a lie to copy someone else’s work.” After her time in Hollywood Luise appeared occasionally on television and at public functions, but, with her husband and daughter, she spent more time at homes in Switzerland and London. During this time she began to paint in earnest. In the late 1950s / early 1960s she studied at the Camden Institute in London and began to find her own style, often using oil painting with natural elements (stones, earth, flowers etc.) to create three dimensional pieces (examples can be seen in her own home at the Homestyles of the Rich and Gated website). Below you will find details of exhibitions which included Luise’s artwork, followed by information about other shows which feature images of Luise, either photographic, or by other artists. I would be very interested in receiving more information about these and other exhibitions in which Luise’s work, her image, or work inspired by Luise has appeared. Click here to send an email.
Exhibitions featuring Luise’s work
London Artists From Germany
– Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, London, UK. October 1978.
– Patrick Seale Gallery, London, UK. 1978.
This was Luise’s first solo exhibition of her work; she wrote this poem about her art and creativity to accompany the show.
Over the course of the 20th century Luise has been influenced by and an inspiration to, many artists, writers and photographers. As one of Hollywood’s leading ladies of the 1930s her image was captured by everyone from MGM studio photographers to world-renowned artists. The following exhibitions featured images of Luise. Click on an active link for full details of each exhibition (where available).
Extravagant Crowd: Carl Van Vechten’s Portraits of Women
– Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA. July to October 2003
Hollywood Chinese: The Arthur Dong Collection
– The Chinese American Museum, 425 North Los Angeles Street, CA, USA. 24th October 2009 to 30th May 2010.
National Portrait Gallery Collection
– National Portrait Gallery, London, UK. Luise appears in three portraits in the collection, by photographers Angus McBean, Anthony Buckley and Mark Gerson.