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Artist:
Isamu Noguchi, 17 Nov 1904 - 30 Dec 1988  Search this
Sitter:
George Gershwin, 26 Sep 1898 - 11 Jul 1937  Search this
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Without Base: 37.8 × 23.5 × 26 cm (14 7/8 × 9 1/4 × 10 1/4")
Base: 21.6 × 19.7 × 19.4 cm (8 1/2 × 7 3/4 × 7 5/8")
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
1929
Exhibition Label:
Born Brooklyn, New York
One of the twentieth-century’s great composers, George Gershwin wrote popular songs with his lyricist brother Ira (1896–1983), sophisticated concert pieces, such as Rhapsody in Blue (1924) and An American in Paris (1928), and operas, notably Porgy and Bess (1935).
This portrait was made by the Japanese American artist Isamu Noguchi soon after the two men had met. Noguchi later described “the problem” of portraiture as “trying to avoid having any opinion whatsoever of the sitter so as to let the image emerge which is as complex and simple as life. . . . Such an ideal situation existed when George Gershwin posed for me.”
Topic:
George Gershwin: Male  Search this
George Gershwin: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer  Search this
George Gershwin: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter\Portraitist  Search this
George Gershwin: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Songwriter  Search this
George Gershwin: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Pianist  Search this
George Gershwin: Congressional Gold Medal  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Marc Gershwin
Owner: Mrs. Arthur Gershwin
Object number:
PC990682
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_PC990682