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The Life of Lou Marchetti
Marchetti's talents became best known in the field of paperback covers, where he created covers for
Lou Marchetti's talents found exposure in periodicals. His illustrations appeared in popular magazines as early as the 1950’s. Publications with his work included LOOK, LIFE, TRUE, THE SATURDAY EVENING POST, READERS DIGEST, and TV GUIDE. His portrait of MarilynMonroe for the June 1974 issue of TRUE magazine is one of the most popular images of the movie icon, and exemplifies Marchetti’s exceptional talent in painting women in a stunning way. He used this talent in the few privately commissioned portraits he painted, laughingly calling it “art brush surgery.”
Marchetti participated in the United States Air Force Artist’s Program during the 1970's, donating his talent. His works for the program are on permanet display at the Pentagon and the USAF Academy. Prints of some may still be purchased from the USAF Art Collection.
Lou had the support of his loving wife, Venice, throughout his adult life. Venice supported them and their two children as Lou learned his craft at the Art Students League and struggled for many years before achieving success. Venice passed away at her home in Queens, New York in May of 2014. She is buried with Lou in the Calverton National Cemetery. Venice and Lou are survived by their two children, three grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.
. . . Louise Marchetti Zeitlin