A superb black and white silver-gelatin print of Marilyn Monroe taken by Andre de Dienes in 1949. The image is of Marilyn expressing a playful radiant with her hands in a clasped or prayer position. Hand printed by de Dienes on double-weight paper, hand numbered 15/36 and stamped by the photographer on verso, this stunning photo is also accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity from OneWest Publishing.
This photo was captured at Tobey Beach, off the South Shore of Long Island, New York, in 1949, when Marilyn, then known as Norma Jeane Mortenson, was only 23 years old. A storm had cleared the beach of bathers by early morning. When it had passed by mid-afternoon, André captured this dynamic photo of Marilyn playfully simulating the movements of a sexy surfer on a beautiful deserted beach bathed in radiant late-afternoon sunlight.