|Fire and paintings do not mix.
(This is a reasonably accurate digital reconstruction. I did NOT run out and take a picture of my stupidity for old time's sake.)
|The left painting is now known only through this photo. The painting on the right I redid the following year.
|This present day reconstruction of Rose Hill appears somewhat smaller than Billy Rose's ostentations mansion, (tiny inset) but does suggest the architectural opulence that went up in smoke in just a few hours.
|Billy Rose's close friend, Salvador Dali (1944) posing with his series, "The Seven Lively (or Animated) Arts." All were lost in the fire. Dali later reproduced at least one of them from memory for Rose.
|Typical of Dali from the late 1940s.
|As you can see in comparing this version of The Art of Boogie-Woogie with that just above, the recreation is only an approximation of the original.
|The only known photo of the interior of Billy Rose's mansion.
|One might argue that Billy Rose was even more famous for his collection of wives starting with Fanny Brice in 1929 until his death in 1966.
|Billy Rose, 1947, Salvador Dali