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Artist:
David Silvette, 28 May 1909 - 29 Oct 1992  Search this
Sitter:
F. Scott Fitzgerald, 24 Sep 1896 - 21 Dec 1940  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
61cm x 50.8cm (24" x 20"), Accurate
Frame: 77.5 x 67.6 x 7cm (30 1/2 x 26 5/8 x 2 3/4")
Type:
Painting
Place:
United States\North Carolina
Date:
1935
Exhibition Label:
It was F. Scott Fitzgerald who named the self-indulgent 1920s the Jazz Age, and his best-selling novel This Side of Paradise became one of the decade's first literary landmarks. But his most enduring achievement was The Great Gatsby (1925), which, in meticulously crafted prose, wove a modern morality tale set against a backdrop of luxury. Fitzgerald and his talented wife Zelda experienced-in New York, Paris, and Hollywood-some of the glamorous life he evoked. But struggling with financial disappointments, alcoholism, and Zelda's mental illness, Fitzgerald also probed the destructive underside of the era's bright illusions. When he met artist David Silvette in 1935, Fitzgerald was suffering from an emotional breakdown. He agreed to pose, however, and considered this a "swell" portrait. His career as chronicler of the dreams and disappointments of contemporary life was cut short by his death five years later.
Provenance:
The artist; purchased 1951 by Arthur Mizener, Ithaca, N.Y.; purchased 1972 NPG
Topic:
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie\Necktie  Search this
F. Scott Fitzgerald: Male  Search this
F. Scott Fitzgerald: Literature\Writer\Novelist  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.72.107
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition:
20th Century Americans: 1900-1930 (re-installation 2012)
On View:
NPG, South Gallery 322
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.72.107