Etchika Choureau by Warnecke & Schoenbaechler, 1960


Harry Warnecke (1900 – 1994) and associates at the New York Daily News used the complex three color carbro process to make vibrant color portraits of various scenes and celebrities from the entertainment, political and other realms.  They developed a camera that could take three separate color images of the subject. These were printed one on top of each other to make startlingly rich color prints that would then be used to make the color covers of the Rotogravure section of the Daily News, one of the first uses of color in newspapers.

An exhibition of Warnecke’s color portraits, “In Vibrant Color,” took place at the National Portrait Gallery in 2012.

This is a unique original color print with a 16 x 13 – inch image. The edges of some of the separate color images can be seen at the border of the picture.

This print was made on December 13, 1956 by Warnecke and his associate Gus.

Etchika Choureau (born in France in 1933) was a glamorous movie figure at a young age.  One of her first roles wa in Antonioni’s “The Vanquished” in 1953.  She was in a number of French films and appeared in 3 William Wellman’s westerns. This portrait was probably made when she first arrived in the US.

In the following year she was in a notorious relationship with Tab Hunter (probably arranged to cover his gay activities) and another relationship in 1958 with the Prince (later King) of Morocco.



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