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M. F. K. Fisher

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Artist:
Ginny Stanford, born 3 Sep 1950
Sitter:
Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher, 3 Jul 1908 - 22 Jun 1992
Medium:
Acrylic and silver leaf on canvas
Dimensions:
Frame: 68.3 x 100.3 x 3.8cm (26 7/8 x 39 1/2 x 1 1/2")
Type:
Painting
Date:
1991
Exhibition Label:
Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher wrote elegant books and essays about the history, sociology, and pleasures of food. From the joys of a tangerine section toasted on a radiator and then cooled on a snowy windowsill to the taste of her first raw oyster, Fisher, with her sensuous prose, won the respect of many literary figures, including W. H. Auden and John Updike, who called her "a poet of the appetites." She spent much of her life in California, where she wrote such classics as Consider the Oyster (1941) and How to Cook a Wolf (1942), which gave advice on cooking with wartime rations. Late in life, while living in Glen Ellen, California, she sat for Ginny Stanford, who captured a strong woman looking into an unknown future "illuminated by a single silver icon."
Topic:
Costume\Jewelry\Earring
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Table
Nature & Environment\Plant\Flower\Bouquet
Interior\Domestic
Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher: Female
Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher: Literature\Writer\Magazine article
Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher: Literature\Writer\Novelist
Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher: Literature\Writer\Screenwriter
Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher: Literature\Writer\Essayist
Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher: Literature\Writer\Children's book
Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher: Literature\Writer\Food
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.92.173
Rights:
© Ginny Stanford, 1991
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition:
20th Century Americans: 1950 to 1990
On View:
NPG, South Gallery 342
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery

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