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Stan "The Man" Musial

Artist
Boris Chaliapin, 1904 - May 1979
Sitter
Stanley Frank Musial, 21 Nov 1920 - 19 Jan 2013
Date
No date
Type
Painting
Medium
Watercolor, gouache and graphite pencil on illustration board
Dimensions
Sheet (Verified): 38.1 x 34.3 cm (15 x 13 1/2")
Mat: 71.1 × 55.9 cm (28 × 22")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Mrs. Boris Chaliapin
Restrictions & Rights
©2008 Estate of Helcia Chaliapin
Object number
NPG.2010.TC62
Exhibition Label
Time magazine has had a long tradition of using contract artists for its weekly covers. Favorite artists and contemporaries of Boris Chaliapin were Boris Artzybasheff and Ernest Hamlin Baker. Time’s editors referred to the three of them as the ABCs of the magazine’s art department. Chaliapin’s portrait of Stan "The Man" Musial, the St. Louis Cardinals’ All-Star hitter and outfielder, was never published, nor do we know when or why it was made. Musial appeared on the September 5, 1949, cover of Time; however, he was portrayed by Baker (below). Given the success of Musial’s twenty-two-season career, all with the Cardinals, there were numerous opportunities for him to have been featured on Time. Musial held many major league records, was a perennial All-Star, and played on three World Series championship teams.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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