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Aaron Copland

Artist
Rhoda Sherbell, born 1938
Sitter
Aaron Copland, 14 Nov 1900 - 2 Dec 1990
Date
1977
Type
Sculpture
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
With Base: 52.7 x 25.4 x 28.9cm (20 3/4 x 10 x 11 3/8")
Without Base: 37.5 x 25.4 x 28.9cm (14 3/4 x 10 x 11 3/8")
Base: 15.2 x 15.2cm (6 x 6")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
© Rhoda Sherbell
Object number
NPG.94.30
Exhibition Label
A pioneering figure in twentieth-century American music, Aaron Copland first rooted his work in jazz during the 1920s to showcase its divergence from European traditions. By the thirties, he used the flourishing mass media of radio and movies to create a large music-loving audience with film scores for Of Mice and Men and The Heiress, for which he won an Academy Award in 1949. Copland also composed scores for such ballets as Eugene Loring’s Billy the Kid and Martha Graham's Appalachian Spring, winning a Pulitzer Prize in 1944 for the latter. His symphonic compositions include A Lincoln Portrait and Fanfare for the Common Man.
Provenance
Rhoda Sherbell [b. 1938]; purchased NPG 1994
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Exhibition
Bravo!
On View
NPG, South Gallery 310 Mezzanine
Place
United States\New York\Kings\New York