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Artist:
Ralph Wolfe Cowan, 1931 - 2018  Search this
Sitter:
Elvis Aron Presley, 8 Jan 1935 - 16 Aug 1977  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Stretcher: 111.8 x 111.8 x 1.3cm (44 x 44 x 1/2")
Frame: 140 x 140 x 6.4cm (55 1/8 x 55 1/8 x 2 1/2")
Type:
Painting
Date:
1976-1988
Exhibition Label:
Born Tupelo, Mississippi
Elvis Presley grew up in the musical melting pot of Memphis, where his emerging talent was heavily influenced by local strains of pop, country, rhythm and blues, and gospel. As a young truck driver in 1953, he paid four dollars to record a song for his mother’s birthday. Sun Records—then the label of such other young talents as Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis—soon signed him, and his first record, “That’s All Right, Mama,” was an instant hit.
By 1956, thanks in part to a series of sensational television appearances, he was crowned the “king of rock and roll,” with a string of recordings that included “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” and “Hound Dog.” Since his death, Presley has emerged as an iconic entertainment figure, and his Graceland mansion has become one of the nation’s most-visited popular culture shrines.
Nacido en Tupelo, Misisipi
Elvis Presley creció en el crisol musical que es Memphis, donde su incipiente talento recibió las influencias del pop, country, rhythm and blues y gospel. En 1953 el joven trabajaba como camionero y pagó cuatro dólares por grabar una canción para el cumpleaños de madre. Pronto fue contratado por Sun Records, entonces disquera de otros talentos jóvenes como Johnny Cash y Jerry Lee Lewis. Su primera grabación, “That’s All Right, Mama”, fue un éxito instantáneo.
Para 1956, impulsado por una serie de sensacionales presentaciones en televisión, se coronó como el “rey del rock and roll”, con una lista de títulos que ya incluía “Heartbreak Hotel”, “Don’t Be Cruel” y “Hound Dog”. Desde su muerte, Presley se convirtió en figura icónica de la industria del entretenimiento y su mansión de Graceland es una meca de la cultura popular en el país.
Provenance:
The artist; gift 1990 to NPG
Topic:
Exterior  Search this
Costume\Jewelry\Ring  Search this
Exterior\Sky  Search this
Elvis Aron Presley: Male  Search this
Elvis Aron Presley: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician  Search this
Elvis Aron Presley: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie  Search this
Elvis Aron Presley: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Guitarist  Search this
Elvis Aron Presley: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Rock  Search this
Elvis Aron Presley: Military\Army  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of R.W. Cowan
Object number:
NPG.90.114
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition:
Bravo!
On View:
NPG, South Gallery 322 Mezzanine
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm48c9218e6-5449-4c6d-bc37-994c29cbf696
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.90.114