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Artist:
Betsy Graves Reyneau, 1888 - 1964  Search this
Sitter:
Howard Thurman, 1900 - 1981  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Accurate: 127 x 88.9 cm (50 x 35")
Frame: 137.5 × 99.4 × 3.5 cm (54 1/8 × 39 1/8 × 1 3/8")
Type:
Painting
Date:
1945
Collection Description:
The Harmon Foundation, a philanthropic organization based in New York City (active 1922–1967), included this portrait in their exhibition Portraits of Outstanding Americans of Negro Origin, which opened at the Smithsonian in 1944 and documented noteworthy African Americans’ contributions to the country. Modeling their goal of social equality, the Harmon sought portraits from African American artist Laura Wheeler Waring and Euro-American artist Betsy Graves Reyneau. The two painters followed the conventional codes of academic portraiture, seeking to convey their sitters’ extraordinary accomplishments. This painting, along with a variety of educational materials, toured nation-wide for ten years, serving as a visual rebuttal to racism.
La Harmon Foundation, entidad filantrópica con sede en la ciudad de Nueva York (activa entre 1922 y 1967), incluyó este retrato en Portraits of Outstanding Americans of Negro Origin (Retratos de estadounidenses destacados de origen negro), una exposición inaugurada en la Smithsonian en 1944 que documentó las aportaciones de afroamericanos notables al país. A tono con sus ideales de igualdad social, la fundación encargó retratos a la artista afroamericana Laura Wheeler Waring y a la euroamericana Betsy Graves Reyneau. Ambas adoptaron los códigos convencionales del retrato académico para comunicar en sus obras los logros extraordinarios de sus modelos. Esta pintura, junto con diversos materiales educativos, viajó por la nación durante diez años planteando una impugnación visual del racismo.
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Costume\Jewelry\Ring  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Desk  Search this
Home Furnishings\Lighting Devices\Candle  Search this
Costume\Robe  Search this
Howard Thurman: Male  Search this
Howard Thurman: Religion and Spirituality\Clergy  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the Harmon Foundation
Object number:
S/NPG.67.26
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
© Peter Edward Fayard
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Location:
Currently not on view
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4be248e81-52be-42b5-beeb-4251b0d9096e
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_S_NPG.67.26