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Julia Child

Artist
Boris Chaliapin, 1904 - 1979
Sitter
Julia Child, 15 Aug 1912 - 13 Aug 2004
Date
1966
Type
Painting
Medium
Tempera on illustration board
Dimensions
Image (Verified): 34.3 x 24.8 cm (13 1/2 x 9 3/4")
Mat: 55.9 × 40.6 cm (22 × 16")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
Restrictions & Rights
© Chris Murphy
Object number
NPG.78.TC303
Exhibition Label
In 1966, when Julia Child appeared on the cover of Time, she was enjoying the zenith of her long career as a chef and bestselling author. Her first book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking (1961), had become a popular classic. When the cover story appeared, Child was hosting a half-hour Emmy-winning program, The French Chef, which aired on public television. The show was popular with cooks and non-cooks alike chiefly because of Child’s appealing and unflappable personality. Her legions of loyal fans loved her adventures and misadventures in the kitchen. Yet at least two readers of Time took issue with her cover portrait, which Chaliapin had made from life sketches. According to one critic, Child’s head, framed with copper pots, cooking utensils, and a fish, "resembles the First Apparition in Shakespeare’s Macbeth."
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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