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Barry Goldwater

Barry Goldwater
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Artist
Bernard Safran, 1924 - 17 Oct 1995
Sitter
Barry Morris Goldwater, 1 Jan 1909 - 29 May 1998
Date
1964
Type
Painting
Medium
Acrylic on board
Dimensions
Board: 55.9 x 41.9cm (22 x 16 1/2")
Frame: 70.2 x 55.6 x 5.7cm (27 5/8 x 21 7/8 x 2 1/4")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Copyright
© Estate of Bernard Safran
Object number
NPG.78.TC410
Exhibition Label
Born Phoenix, Arizona
Senator Barry Goldwater's failed 1964 presidential campaign laid the groundwork for the subsequent triumph of Republican conservatism. Challenging the Republican establishment for its timidity, Goldwater provided a full-throated critique of New Deal and Great Society liberalism. Goldwater lost to Johnson in a landslide, in part because he was depicted as a dangerous extremist who threatened prosperity at home and peace abroad through his reactionary programs. Goldwater returned to the Senate, where he rose to the status of Washington "wise man," helping usher Richard Nixon from office in 1974. He lived long enough to see his more aggressive, populist vision of the Republican Party, one based in the South and West, triumph under Ronald Reagan.
Data Source
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