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President Bill Clinton

Artist
Chuck Close, 5 Jul 1940 - 19 Aug 2021
Sitter
William Jefferson Clinton, born 19 Aug 1946
Date
2006
Type
Painting
Medium
Oil on linen
Dimensions
Stretcher: 275.6 × 213.4cm (108 1/2 × 84")
Topic
William Jefferson Clinton: Male
William Jefferson Clinton: Law and Crime\Lawyer
William Jefferson Clinton: Education and Scholarship\Educator\Professor\University
William Jefferson Clinton: Politics and Government\President of US
William Jefferson Clinton: Politics and Government\Governor\Arkansas
William Jefferson Clinton: Politics and Government\State Attorney General\Arkansas
William Jefferson Clinton: Presidential Medal of Freedom
Portrait
Credit Line
Owner: National Gallery of Art
Owner: Ian and Annette Cumming

This record is part of the Catalog of American Portraits, a research archive of the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. Permission to reproduce images (if available) must be obtained from the portrait owner. Please note that if an owner is listed above, this information may not be current.

Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Copyright
© Chuck Close, courtesy Pace Gallery
Object number
L/NPG.5.2009
Exhibition Label
Forty-second president, 1993–2001
The first baby-boomer president, Bill Clinton came to national attention when, at age thirty-two, he emerged as one of the leading reform governors of the Democratic Party. During his presidency, he and his administration played a crucial part in curbing the massive federal spending deficits that had soared in the 1980s, even achieving a surplus in revenues for the first time since the 1960s.
Clinton established new organizations for free trade, including NAFTA, which eliminated tariffs and trade barriers between Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. His other accomplishments included welfare reform and a successful U.S.-led NATO intervention in the Balkans. Proposals such as universal health care, however, failed.
Clinton’s denial of his sexual relationship with a White House intern, while under oath, led to his impeachment, but he was not convicted in the Senate trial. Despite the scandal, Clinton was successful in making the Democratic Party more centrist and better equipped to compete with Republicans.
Chuck Close began all of his paintings with a photograph of his subject, in this case an image made during a photo session in August 2005 for a New York magazine cover. He then drew a grid on both the canvas and the photograph and used the information contained in the photograph to create a series of abstract modules on the canvas.
The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges that, in 2017, several women accused Chuck Close of sexual harassment. The museum recognizes the positive and negative impacts that individuals represented in our collections have had on history.
42do presidente, 1993–2001
Bill Clinton, primer presidente baby boomer, captó la atención del país cuando con solo 32 años pasó a ser uno de los más destacados gobernadores reformistas del Partido Demócrata. Durante su presidencia, realizó junto a su administración una labor crucial para reducir el enorme déficit federal alcanzado en la década de 1980, y por primera vez desde los años sesenta se logró un superávit.
Clinton estableció tratados de libre comercio tales como NAFTA, que eliminó las tarifas y barreras comerciales entre Canadá, EE.UU. y México. Otros logros fueron la reforma del sistema de bienestar social y una exitosa intervención de la OTAN en los Balcanes, liderada por EE.UU. Sin embargo, propuestas como el sistema de cuidado médico universal fracasaron.
Bajo juramento, Clinton negó su relación sexual con una becaria de la Casa Blanca, por lo cual se le sometió a juicio político en el Senado, pero no resultó convicto. A pesar del escándalo, logró impulsar al Partido Demócrata más hacia el centrismo y equiparlo mejor para competir con los republicanos.
Chuck Close comenzaba sus pinturas con una foto de su modelo, en este caso una tomada en una sesión fotográfica en agosto de 2005 para la portada de la revista New York. Luego dibujaba cuadrículas en el lienzo y en la foto, y trasladaba la información visual de la foto a una serie de módulos abstractos en el lienzo.
La National Portrait Gallery es consciente de que en 2017 varias mujeres acusaron a Chuck Close de acoso sexual, aunque no se presentaron cargos oficiales. El museo reconoce los impactos positivos y negativos que han podido tener en la historia las figuras representadas en nuestra colección.
Data Source
Catalog of American Portraits