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Julie Andrews

Artist
John Koch, 1909 - 1978
Sitter
Julie Andrews, born 1 Oct 1935
Date
1966
Type
Painting
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
51.4cm x 41.2cm (20 1/4" x 16 1/4"), Accurate
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
Object number
NPG.78.TC206
Culture
Julie Andrews: European\British\English
Exhibition Label
The 1960s, a decade of great cultural change, presented prime opportunities for Time’s editors to turn to Pop artists for covers by the likes of Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg. Traditional art was still the norm, however. For instance, in December 1966 an oil painting was deemed perfect for portraying Julie Andrews, Oscar-winner and star of two recent box-office hits, Mary Poppins (1964) and The Sound of Music (1965). In covering “the most celebrated movie actress in the U.S.,” Time went to Hollywood and found the thirty-one-year-old Andrews full of old-school wholesomeness, an aberration “in a town where everybody plays the angles.” There was nothing pretentious about her. She would, however, practice her singing at the top of her lungs—her soprano voice had perfect pitch—as she scooted about town in her 1965 Ford Falcon station wagon.
Julie Andrews nacida en 1935
Los sesenta fueron una década de grandes cambios culturales que dieron a los editores de Time la gran oportunidad de contratar para sus portadas a artistas pop como Andy Warhol y Robert Rauschenberg. No obstante, el arte tradicional aún sentaba la norma. Por ejemplo, en diciembre de 1966 se consideró que una pintura al óleo era lo perfecto para representar a Julie Andrews, ganadora del Oscar y estrella de dos recientes éxitos de taquilla: Mary Poppins (1964) y The Sound of Music (1965). Para su reportaje sobre “la actriz más famosa del cine americano”, Time viajó a Hollywood y se encontró a una mujer de treinta y un años con una entereza que parecía de otra época, una aberración “en una ciudad donde todo el mundo anda con segundas intenciones”. No tenía nada de pretenciosa. Lo que sí hacía era cantar a todo pulmón, con una voz de soprano perfectamente afinada, mientras conducía por la ciudad en su “station wagon” Ford Falcon del 65.
John Koch (1909–1978)
Óleo sobre lienzo, 1966
Portada de Time, 23 de diciembre de 1966
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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