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Lincoln Kirstein

Lincoln Kirstein
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Artist
James Browning Wyeth, born 6 Jul 1946
Sitter
Lincoln Edward Kirstein, 4 May 1907 - 5 Jan 1996
Date
1965
Type
Painting
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
Stretcher: 99.1 x 77.8 x 2.5cm (39 x 30 5/8 x 1")
Frame: 109.2 x 88.9 x 2.9cm (43 x 35 x 1 1/8")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; bequest of Lincoln Kirstein
Restrictions & Rights
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Copyright
© Jamie Wyeth
Object number
NPG.96.97
Exhibition Label
A poet, critic, magazine editor, and novelist, Lincoln Kirstein above all played a central role in shaping America's classical ballet tradition. Obsessed with dance from an early age, Kirstein brought choreographer George Balanchine of Russia's Diaghilev Ballet to the United States in the early 1930s, and together they founded the School of American Ballet. Their collaboration continued, and in 1948 they established the New York City Ballet, with Kirstein serving as general director until 1989. He also founded the Dance Archives of the Museum of Modern Art, which became the basis of the Dance Collection of the New York Public Library. The portraitist, Jamie Wyeth, was only nineteen when this painting was completed.
Provenance
The sitter; bequest to NPG
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Exhibition
Bravo!
On View
NPG, South Gallery 322 Mezzanine
Place
United States\New York\Kings\New York
Usage
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