Untitled by Frank Sinatra
Untitled by Frank Sinatra Untitled by Frank Sinatra Untitled by Frank Sinatra Untitled by Frank Sinatra
Untitled by Frank Sinatra

Untitled by Frank Sinatra

  • The legendary American pop idol Frank Sinatra composed this vibrant oil on canvas
  • Its bold color and simplified shapes are reminiscent of Frank Stella and Ellsworth Kelly
  • A lover of art, Sinatra was also a passionate painter throughout his life
  • His artwork is highly prized by collectors of American pop culture memorabilia
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Frank Sinatra
1915-1998 | American

Untitled

Signed and dated "F. Sinatra 86" (lower right)
Signed and dated "Frank Sinatra / Rancho Mirage / 1986" (en verso)
Oil on canvas

An impressive example of American minimalist painting, this oil on canvas was composed by none other than the great Frank Sinatra. The singer is a legend of American pop culture, having made a name for himself on both the stage and the big screen. Few people, however, know that he was also a talented painter. A lover of art his entire life, he took up painting with gusto in his later years. The present oil on canvas is a spectacular example of his artistic output, which pays homage to the great names of American art history.

Sinatra was a lover of art for his entire life, and after rising to fame, he became a collector of significance, acquiring works by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Walt Kuhn, Marc Chagall and David Hockney. These works had an influence on the singer's own artistic style throughout his career. The present work, which features a vibrant purple palette and geometric design, is particularly reminiscent of the hard-edge paintings of Frank Stella and Ellsworth Kelly. It is a stunning ode to the legacy of American abstraction.

Born in 1915 to Italian immigrants in New Jersey, Frank Sinatra rose to fame in the early 1940s, singing first with the famed "Sentimental Gentleman of Swing" Tommy Dorsey, and later striking out on his own as a solo artist. His career blossomed in the mid-1940s thanks to a series of successful, chart-topping singles, when his baritone earned him the moniker "The Sultan of Swoon." He made his debut as an actor in 1943 with the film Reveille with Beverley, and in 1945, he won an Academy Award for the short film The House I Live In.

By the mid-1960s, Sinatra was an icon. He famously became the founding member of the "Rat Pack," an informal group of Las Vegas entertainers that also included Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and others. Sinatra briefly retired from his long-standing gig at Caesars Palace in the early 1970s, and it was during this period away from the stage when he painted the present work. Yet, he eventually returned and would continue to perform until 1995, when he played his last show at the age of 79. He died just three years later of a heart attack at the age of 82. Today, Sinatra memorabilia, particularly such personal objects as his paintings, are highly prized by both lovers of his music and lovers of fine art.

Dated 1986

Canvas: 35 3/4" high x 47 7/8" wide
Frame: 38 1/2" high x 50 1/8" wide
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Framed:50.125"W x 38.5"H
Unframed:47.875"W x 35.75"H
Period: 1919-Present
Origin:America
Subject:Abstract
Depth:1.5 Inches
Width:50.125 Inches
Height:38.5 Inches
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