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Nikita Khrushchev

Artist
Robert Vickrey, 26 Aug 1926 - 17 Apr 2011
Sitter
Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev, 17 Apr 1894 - Sep 1971
Date
1962
Type
Painting
Medium
Tempera on illustration board
Dimensions
34.9cm x 22.9cm (13 3/4" x 9"), Accurate
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
Object number
NPG.78.TC530
Culture
Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev: European\Russian
Exhibition Label
Time asked Robert Vickrey to make this cover portrait of Nikita Khrushchev in late 1962, shortly after President Kennedy had forced the Soviet leader to remove his missiles from Cuba. The magazine’s editors guessed that Khrushchev was feeling pretty glum, having lost face in one of the most dramatic instances of the Cold War’s confrontational diplomacy. They suggested, therefore, that Vickrey endow the likeness with a vaguely sour expression. Time usually refrained from making such editorial requests of its artists, but in this case it seemed warranted. The magazine was realistic enough to know that Khrushchev was still a force to be reckoned with: the story that accompanied this picture warned that he still had “a great many tricks left in the back of his shrewd peasant mind.”
Nikita Khrushchev 1894–1971
Time solicitó a Robert Vickrey este retrato de Nikita Khrushchev a finales de 1962, poco después de que el presidente Kennedy obligara al líder soviético a sacar sus misiles de Cuba. Los editores de la revista supusieron que Khrushchev estaría bastante decaído luego de perder una de las batallas más dramáticas de la confrontación diplomática que fue la Guerra Fría. Entonces sugirieron a Vickrey que diera al retrato un leve aire de amargura. En general, Time se abstenía de estas peticiones de carácter editorial a sus artistas, pero en este caso parecía justificada. De todos modos, la revista era lo bastante realista como para saber que Khrushchev todavía era una fuerza que había que tener en cuenta, y el artículo que acompañó a esta imagen afirmaba que aún “le quedaban muchos trucos allá en el fondo de su astuta mente campesina”.
Robert Vickrey (1926–2011)
Témpera sobre cartón, 1962
Portada de Time, 9 de noviembre de 1962
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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