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Barry Goldwater

Artist
Robert Vickrey, 26 Aug 1926 - 17 Apr 2011
Sitter
Barry Morris Goldwater, 1 Jan 1909 - 29 May 1998
Date
1963
Type
Painting
Medium
Watercolor, tempera and ink on paperboard
Dimensions
56.5cm x 43.5cm (22 1/4" x 17 1/8"), Accurate
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
Restrictions & Rights
© Robert Vickrey/Licenced by VAGA, New York, NY
Object number
NPG.78.TC411
Exhibition Label
Arizona’s silver-haired senator, Barry Goldwater, emerged in 1963 as a leading contender for the next year’s Republican presidential nomination; however, he struck a good many GOP faithful as too radically conservative. Many experts thought he would have to moderate some of his ideas to become a truly viable candidate for the White House. At least that was the subtlety in Robert Vickrey’s cover in June 1963, which shows a profile of Goldwater in the embrace of the trunk of an elephant, symbol of the Republican Party. Goldwater, however, refused to let go of his hardline conservatism in the national campaign of 1964 and suffered one of the most resounding defeats in the history of presidential elections. And looking back at his “no” vote for the landmark Civil Rights Act of that year, it now seems obvious that he was conspicuously out of step with the times.
Barry Goldwater 1909–1998
Con su distintiva cabellera plateada, Barry Goldwater, senador por Arizona, emergió en 1963 como uno de los principales aspirantes a la nominación presidencial republicana del año siguiente. Sin embargo, un buen número de seguidores de su partido lo encontraba demasiado conservador. Muchos expertos pensaban que tendría que moderar sus ideas para ser un candidato viable a la Casa Blanca. Por lo menos eso fue lo que sutilmente implicó Robert Vickrey en su portada de junio de 1963, donde aparece un perfil de Goldwater abrazado por la trompa de un elefante, el símbolo del Partido Republicano. Goldwater rehusó abandonar su conservadurismo de línea dura durante la campaña nacional de 1964 y sufrió una de las más sonadas derrotas en la historia de las elecciones presidenciales. Si consideramos que votó “no” a la trascendental Ley de Derechos Civiles aprobada aquel año, es obvio que estaba totalmente fuera de época.
Robert Vickrey (1926–2011)
Témpera y tinta sobre cartón, 1963
Portada de Time, 14 de junio de 1963
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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