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Katharine Hepburn

Katharine Hepburn
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Artist
Everett Raymond Kinstler, 5 Aug 1926 - 26 May 2019
Sitter
Katharine Hepburn, 12 May 1907 - 29 Jun 2003
Date
1982
Type
Painting
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
Stretcher: 117.5 x 111.4 x 3.8cm (46 1/4 x 43 7/8 x 1 1/2")
Frame: 121 x 115.6 x 7.6cm (47 5/8 x 45 1/2 x 3")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Everett Raymond Kinstler
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Object number
NPG.2003.41
Exhibition Label
Born Hartford, Connecticut
Katharine Hepburn sported a stylized personality and headstrong independence that announced a new kind of female presence in Hollywood’s heyday. She was an instant screen success, winning the first of her record four Best Actress Oscars in 1933 for Morning Glory and making such popular films as Little Women (1933). But subsequent choices were poorly received by critics and audiences, and by 1938 she was labeled “box-office poison.”
The Philadelphia Story (1940) revived her career, and she never again faltered. She co-starred with Humphrey Bogart in The African Queen (1951) and partnered in nine films with Spencer Tracy, winning an Oscar for Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967). She also won for The Lion in Winter (1968) and On Golden Pond (1981). Her receipt of four Best Actress Oscars is a feat that remains unequaled today. This portrait by her friend Everett Raymond Kinstler was said to be her favorite.
Nacida en Hartford, Connecticut
La sofisticada personalidad y terca independencia de Katharine Hepburn inauguraron un nuevo tipo de presencia femenina en la época dorada de Hollywood. Su éxito en el cine fue instantáneo, como lo demuestran el primero de sus insólitos cuatro Oscares de actuación por Morning Glory en 1933 y la popularidad de sus películas como Little Women (1933). Sin embargo, sus actuaciones subsiguientes no fueron bien recibidas por la crítica ni el público, y ya para 1938 se la consideraba “veneno de taquilla”.
Su carrera revivió en 1940 con Philadelpia Story, y ya no volvió a descarrilarse. Junto a Humphrey Bogart protagonizó The African Queen (1951) y compartió cartelera con Spencer Tracy en nueve películas, entre ellas Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967), por la cual ganó otro Oscar. También recibió este premio por The Lion in Winter (1968) y On Golden Pond (1981). Su récord de cuatro Oscares como mejor actriz permanece intacto hasta hoy. Se dice que este retrato, realizado por su amigo Everett Raymond Kinstler, era su favorito.
Provenance
The artist; gift 2003 NPG
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Exhibition
20th Century Americans: 1960-2000
On View
NPG, South Gallery 341
Place
United States\New York\Kings\New York