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Artist:
Pavel Fyodorovitch Tchelitchew, 21 Sep 1898 - 31 Jul 1957  Search this
Sitter:
Lincoln Edward Kirstein, 4 May 1907 - 5 Jan 1996  Search this
Medium:
Sepia ink on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 36 × 22 cm (14 3/16 × 8 11/16")
Sheet: 45 × 29.5 cm (17 11/16 × 11 5/8")
Mat (Verified): 71.1 × 55.9 cm (28 × 22")
Type:
Drawing
Date:
1937
Exhibition Label:
Author and impresario Lincoln Kirstein, a lifelong friend of the Russian-born painter and set designer Pavel Tchelitchew, helped promote the artist's career after his emigration to the United States in 1934. When Kirstein and choreographer George Balanchine produced Christoph Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice at the Metropolitan Opera in 1936, they commissioned Tchelitchew to design the sets and costumes. The artist painted Kirstein's portrait the following year, for which he made several drawings. The painting, a triple portrait depicting Kirstein in various guises, reveals Tchelitchew's fascination with multiple perspectives and interior essences. This penetrating drawing is a more straightforward portrayal of the young man about whom the composer Igor Stravinsky would write, "Kirstein was a young giant then, who wore a fierce expression and who matched it with a bellicose dedication to the beautiful and a contempt for the sham."
Topic:
Lincoln Edward Kirstein: Male  Search this
Lincoln Edward Kirstein: Literature\Writer  Search this
Lincoln Edward Kirstein: Visual Arts\Founder  Search this
Lincoln Edward Kirstein: Visual Arts\Philanthropist  Search this
Lincoln Edward Kirstein: Performing Arts\Producer\Impresario  Search this
Lincoln Edward Kirstein: Performing Arts\Philanthropist  Search this
Lincoln Edward Kirstein: Performing Arts\Patron\Ballet  Search this
Lincoln Edward Kirstein: Presidential Medal of Freedom  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Mrs. R. Kirk Askew
Object number:
NPG.81.7
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4c1a58f04-7590-48d6-a069-a6e96a860e51
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.81.7