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Laura Bush

Laura Bush
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Artist
Aleksander Titovets, born 1960
Sitter
Laura Bush, born 4 Nov 1946
Date
2008
Type
Painting
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
Stretcher: 98.4 x 91.4cm (38 3/4 x 36")
Frame: 113.7 x 107.3 x 6.4cm (44 3/4 x 42 1/4 x 2 1/2")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Stewart
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Object number
NPG.2008.38
Exhibition Label
Born Midland, Texas
First Lady 2001–2009
When Laura Lane Welch Bush entered the White House, she had been advocating for childhood literacy for decades. Having begun her career as an elementary school teacher, she went on to earn a master’s degree in library science and then worked as a school librarian. As first lady, Bush cofounded the National Book Festival, an annual literary event organized by the Library of Congress. She also established the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries, which continues to benefit school libraries that are affected by economic hardship and natural disasters.
Following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Bush became the “comforter in chief” for many people in the United States. The two wars that followed often obscured her efforts to focus on children’s education and women’s welfare.
In this portrait, the Siberian-born, Texas-based artist Aleksander Titovets portrays Bush in the private quarters of the White House, as though she has been interrupted while reading.
Nacida en Midland, Texas
Primera dama 2001–2009
Cuando Laura Lane Welch Bush llegó a la Casa Blanca, llevaba décadas abogando por la educación infantil. Comenzó su carrera como maestra de escuela elemental y tras obtener una maestría en bibliotecología, trabajó como bibliotecaria escolar. Siendo primera dama, cofundó el Festival Nacional del Libro, evento anual organizado por la Biblioteca del Congreso. También estableció la Fundación Laura Bush para Bibliotecas Estadounidenses, la cual sigue beneficiando a bibliotecas escolares afectadas por dificultades económicas y desastres naturales.
Tras los ataques terroristas del 11 de septiembre de 2001, Bush fue una gran fuente de consuelo para muchos estadounidenses. Las dos guerras siguientes a menudo opacaron sus esfuerzos por la educación de los niños y el bienestar de las mujeres.
El artista Aleksander Titovets, nacido en Siberia y radicado en Texas, presenta aquí a Bush en las habitaciones privadas de la Casa Blanca, como si la hubiera interrumpido en mitad de su lectura.
Provenance
Commissioned and purchased by NPG 2008
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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