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I. M. Pei

Artist
Yousuf Karsh, 23 Dec 1908 - 13 Jul 2002
Sitter
I. M. Pei, born 26 Apr 1917
Date
1979
Type
Photograph
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
Image: 28 × 21.5 cm (11 × 8 7/16")
Sheet: 35.3 × 27.5 cm (13 7/8 × 10 13/16")
Mount: 40.7 × 33 cm (16 × 13")
Mat (Karsh exhibit): 55.9 × 40.6 cm (22 × 16")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Estrellita Karsh in memory of Yousuf Karsh
Restrictions & Rights
© Estate of Yousuf Karsh
Object number
NPG.2012.77.80
Culture
I. M. Pei: Asian\Chinese
I. M. Pei: American\Asian American\Chinese American
Exhibition Label
Nacido en Guangzhou, China
I.M. Pei, quien se distinguió como uno de los arquitectos más influyentes en las décadas posteriores a la II Guerra Mundial, será recordado por sus impactantes diseños en el estilo del “alto modernismo”. Llegó a Estados Unidos en 1935 para estudiar arquitectura y obtuvo su título en MIT, completando su posgrado en Harvard. Luego de dirigir la división de arquitectura de una importante compañía de bienes raíces, Pei fundó su propia firma en 1955, al año de obtener la ciudadanía estadounidense.
A medida que crecía su reputación, recibió encargos importantes, tales como la Biblioteca y Museo Presidencial John F. Kennedy. Creó estructuras tan icónicas como el edificio este de la Galería Nacional de Arte en Washington, D.C., (1978) y la distintiva pirámide de vidrio que da entrada al Louvre (1989). Recibió numerosos premios de prestigio, entre ellos el codiciado Pritzker (1983).
Born Guangzhou, China
I.M. Pei, who emerged as one of the most influential architects in the decades following World War II, will be remembered for his striking, high-modernist designs. Drawn to the United States to study architecture in 1935, Pei earned his undergraduate degree from MIT and later completed graduate work at Harvard. After first directing the architectural division of a large real-estate concern, Pei founded his own architecture firm in 1955, one year after becoming a U.S. citizen.
As his reputation grew, important projects—such as the commission for the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum—came his way. Pei went on to create such iconic structures as the critically acclaimed East Wing of the National Gallery of Art (1978) and the distinctive glass pyramid that forms the entrance to the Louvre (1989). He received many major awards, including the coveted Pritzker Prize (1983).
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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