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> Dolly Madison Wine Painting By Gordon Provonsha, Ontario Museum of History and Arts
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Harald Haefker
post Jan 14 2010, 02:25 PM
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..if you are in Ontario next time, please take some good photos.....


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The accompanying portrait hangs in the Ontario Museum of History and Art. It was done for the label of Dolly Madison brand wine (!) and certainly appears to depict a young Monroe (nee Norma Jean Baker).

I heard the story in 2006 from Terry Provonsha, a Washington State resident, who was contacting local winery officials to learn the whereabouts of the painting. He said his grandfather, Gordon Provonsha, painted it. As he told it, the elder Provonsha was a commercial artist in L.A. and his wife, Rae, was responsible for getting Monroe her first modeling job at age 9.

Circa 1945, when Monroe was about 19, Provonsha used her as the model for the Dolly Madison painting, the younger Provonsha told me.

As proof, he e-mailed me photos of Provonsha and a blonde Monroe standing by an easel that held a portrait of Monroe holding a glass of wine. I believe it, although the painting is not the one in Ontario.

The California Wine Association owned the Dolly Madison wine label. A member of the Biane family who worked for that association acquired the Monroe painting and it was hung in the museum of the Brookside Winery at Guasti for many years. When that winery closed in 1982, the painting was transferred to the Ontario museum.

The painting is displayed alongside a Dolly Madison wine bottle and a display card explaining the history.

Terry Provonsha was interested in seeing his grandfather's story told and gave me names and numbers of several family contacts in various states who could tell me more about Gordon Provonsha and Monroe.



Story by David Allen - david.allen@inlandnewspapers.com
(A journalist for more than two decades, David Allen has been writing a column for the Daily Bulletin since 1997 and blogging since 2007.
He lives in Claremont.)



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LaRae Bates said:
It's true...Gordon Provonsha was my dad's uncle. I've seen other paintings he's done of Norma Jean Baker. I was just a little kid, but I'll never forget them!!


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post Jan 14 2010, 02:57 PM
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Thanks Harald! It does indeed look like the bottle she's holding. Wonder who took the pictures though, Kelley or Moran, or someone else? (IMG:http://www.everlasting-star.net/boards/style_emoticons/default/blush.gif) (IMG:http://www.everlasting-star.net/boards/style_emoticons/default/bye1.gif)
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post Jan 14 2010, 03:52 PM
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I think these photos are not by Moran or Kelly at all !!

They come from a more privat matter...

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Megan, thank you for reviving this interesting thread and for adding the photos. I wonder what became of those other photos showing the painter and Marilyn that was mailed to Allen? If he has any, he'd probably have published them if possible.
And those other paintings Bates claims to have seen? Maybe they're still in the family. It would be great if there's more to come...
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Marilyn in color (from ebay)! Sorry photo is small.
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Marilyn in color (from ebay)! Sorry photo is small.

Wow, beautiful, Megan, thanks a lot for sharing!
By the way, don´t you think they seem colorized?
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Wow, beautiful, Megan, thanks a lot for sharing!
By the way, don´t you think they seem colorized?


I don't know. Ebay seller just said color photo. Could be.
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