Robert Henri (1865-1929)
Elinor Getz
signed and dated 'Robert Henri 1925' (lower left)
oil on canvas
32 x 2534 in. (81.3 x 65.4 cm.)
Painted in 1925.
The artist.
Milton and Estelle Getz, Beverly Hills, California, parents of the sitter, commissioned from the above.
By descent to the present owners.
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Elinor Getz was one of the daughters of the prominent Beverly Hills couple, Milton and Estelle Getz. After emigrating from Prussia, the Getz family opened a general store catering to Northern California miners, eventually exporting goods on a global scale and producing their own products under the brand Getzbest. Milton fell in love with Estelle, daughter of Kaspare Cohn of Kaspare Cohn Commercial Savings Bank, and became a partner in the bank after their marriage. After Cohn's death in 1916, Milton and his brother-in-law renamed the bank to the Union Bank & Trust, which became one of the largest and most successful banks in the area as the city of Hollywood expanded. With their considerable wealth, Milton and Estelle designed a mansion in the popular Mediterranean style, which would become one of the most well-known homes in Beverly Hills and later a film set for several pictures including The Godfather.

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