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Lyndon B. Johnson

Artist
Pietro Annigoni, 1910 - 28 Oct 1988
Sitter
Lyndon Baines Johnson, 27 Aug 1908 - 22 Jan 1973
Date
1966
Type
Drawing
Medium
Pastel and charcoal on paper
Dimensions
Sight: 49.5 x 35.6cm (19 1/2 x 14")
Frame: 80.3 x 63.5 x 4.8cm (31 5/8 x 25 x 1 7/8")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
Restrictions & Rights
© Estate of Pietro Annigoni
Object number
NPG.78.TC473
Exhibition Label
Of the twenty-three occasions that President Lyndon Johnson made it to the cover of Time, the magazine’s April 12, 1968, edition was doubtless the most personally devastating. For this man who had practiced politics with unrivaled zest and skill, a voluntary exit from public life would have been unthinkable a year earlier. But in the face of virulent, divisive hostility to his management of the Vietnam War, Johnson decided that he had to retire for the good of the country. Doing so, however, did not come easily. In fact, when Johnson appeared on television on March 31, 1968, to make the double-barreled announcement that he was going to seek a negotiated peace in Vietnam and bow out of the current presidential race, even his wife, Lady Bird, was not sure that he could bring himself to say the latter.
Lyndon B. Johnson 1908–1973
De las veintitrés ocasiones en que el presidente Lyndon Johnson apareció en la portada de Time, la edición del 12 de abril de 1968 fue sin duda la más devastadora en lo personal. Un año antes, este hombre que se había dedicado a la política con entusiasmo y habilidad sin par no habría siquiera considerado un retiro de la vida pública. Pero la hostilidad virulenta y divisiva ante su manejo de la guerra de Vietnam hizo que Johnson decidiera retirarse por el bien del país. Esto, sin embargo, no fue fácil. De hecho, cuando se presentó por televisión el 31 de marzo de 1968 para anunciar que buscaría una paz negociada con Vietnam y se retiraría de la contienda para el próximo término presidencial, incluso su esposa, Lady Bird, dudó que pudiera pronunciar esa última frase.
Pietro Annigoni (1910–1988)
Pastel sobre papel, 1966
Portada de Time, 12 de abril de 1968
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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