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Artist:
Jacob Epstein, 10 Nov 1880 - 19 Aug 1959  Search this
Sitter:
Paul Robeson, 9 Apr 1898 - 23 Jan 1976  Search this
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
With Base: 46.4 x 22.9 x 30.5cm (18 1/4 x 9 x 12")
Without Base: 34.3 x 22.9 x 30.5cm (13 1/2 x 9 x 12")
Base: 22.9 x 19.7cm (9 x 7 3/4")
Culture:
Paul Robeson: American\African American  Search this
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
1928
Exhibition Label:
Born Princeton, New Jersey
A celebrated dramatic actor and concert artist, Paul Robeson was also a strong voice in the struggle for racial equality. Encouraged by the professional opportunities and broader acceptance afforded him in Europe, he spent much of his early career performing abroad. When he returned to the United States, he spoke out forcefully against the injustices he encountered. His conviction that socialism could produce a more just society put him at odds with a rising tide of conservatism in post-World War II America. Cast as “un-American,” Robeson was effectively blacklisted for the remainder of his life.
Nacido en Princeton, Nueva Jersey
El célebre actor dramático y cantante Paul Robeson fue también una voz resonante en la lucha por la igualdad racial. Animado por las oportunidades profesionales y la mayor aceptación que le ofrecía Europa, pasó gran parte de su carrera artística temprana en el extranjero. Cuando regresó a Estados Unidos denunció firmemente las injusticias que encontró. Su convicción de que el socialismo podía producir una sociedad más justa lo puso en conflicto con una creciente ola de conservadurismo en el país después de la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Tildado de “antiamericano”, Robeson quedó en lista negra del gobierno por el resto de sus días.
Provenance:
(Roland, Browse & Delbanco), London; purchased NPG 1975
Topic:
Paul Robeson: Male  Search this
Paul Robeson: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater  Search this
Paul Robeson: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer  Search this
Paul Robeson: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Activist\Civil rights activist  Search this
Paul Robeson: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.75.18
Restrictions & Rights:
© Estate of Jacob Epstein
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition:
The Struggle for Justice
On View:
NPG, West Gallery 220
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.75.18