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John Wayne

Artist
Harry Jackson, 18 Apr 1924 - 25 Apr 2011
Sitter
John Wayne, 26 May 1907 - Jun 1979
Date
1969
Type
Sculpture
Medium
Polychromed bronze
Dimensions
With Base (Base part of object): 73 x 83.8 x 32.4cm (28 3/4 x 33 x 12 3/4")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
Restrictions & Rights
© The Harry Jackson Trust
Object number
NPG.89.TC17
Exhibition Label
One of the archetypal heroic figures of twentieth-century film, John Wayne conveyed a decisive, solitary, reverent screen persona that reflected traditional American values. Wayne’s collaboration with director John Ford led to such classics as Stagecoach (1939), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), and The Quiet Man (1952). During World War II, Wayne starred in several morale-boosting movies, including Flying Tigers (1942) and Back to Bataan (1945). He finally won an Oscar for his portrayal of Rooster Cogburn in True Grit (1969). This was Wayne’s second appearance on a Time cover—the first was on March 3, 1952, when he appeared looking dapper in a suit and tie.
Figura arquetípica del héroe en el cine del siglo XX, John Wayne proyectaba en la pantalla una imagen resuelta, solitaria y solemne que reflejaba los valores tradicionales estadounidenses. Su colaboración con el director John Ford produjo clásicos tales como Stagecoach (1939), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) y The Quiet Man (1952). Durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial protagonizó varias películas destinadas a levantar la moral del pueblo, entre ellas Flying Tigers (1942) y Back to Bataan (1945). Finalmente ganó un Oscar por su actuación como Rooster Cogburn en True Grit (1969). Esta fue la segunda portada que Time dedicó a Wayne. En la primera, el 3 de marzo de 1952, lucía muy elegante con traje y corbata.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Exhibition
Bravo!
On View
NPG, South Gallery 322 Mezzanine