Marilyn Monroe by Boris Chaliapin

Marilyn Monroe by Boris Chaliapin / Gouache and watercolor with graphite pencil on illustration board, 1956 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine

 

Mr. TIME: Portraits by Boris Chaliapin

May 17, 2013 - January 5, 2014

Boris Chaliapin was the portrait artist Time magazine’s editors turned to first when they needed a cover in a hurry. As Time’s most prolific artist, he created 413 covers for the publication during his 28-year career, between 1942 and 1970. He could execute excellent likenesses in as little as 12 hours. Week after week, millions of faithful readers recognized Chaliapin’s familiar signature on the cover, and his co-workers nicknamed him “Mr. Time.” The exhibition features 26 of the 300 works by Chaliapin in the Portrait Gallery’s collection.

Portrait Gallery historian James Barber is the curator of this exhibition.

  • Painting of the World's Fair
    New York World's Fair by Boris Chaliapin / Tempera, ink and pencil on board, 1964 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
  • Painting of Jackie Kennedy Onassas
    Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis by Boris Chaliapin / Gouache, watercolor and pencil on board, 1960-1961 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
  • Muhammad Ali by Boris Chaliapin
    Muhammad Ali by Boris Chaliapin / Watercolor and graphite pencil on illustration board, 1963 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
  • Marilyn Monroe by Boris Chaliapin
    Marilyn Monroe by Boris Chaliapin / Gouache and watercolor with graphite pencil on illustration board, 1956 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
  • Stan "The Man" Musial by Boris Chaliapin
    Stan "The Man" Musial by Boris Chaliapin / Watercolor, gouache and pencil on paper illustration board, No date / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Mrs. Boris Chaliapin