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Lincoln Kirstein

Artist
James Browning Wyeth, born 6 Jul 1946
Sitter
Lincoln Edward Kirstein, 4 May 1907 - 5 Jan 1996
Date
1965
Type
Drawing
Medium
Graphite and crayon on paper
Dimensions
Image:39.8 x 16.5 cm (15 11/16 x 6 1/2")
Sheet: 41.6 x 18.7 cm (16 3/8 x 7 3/8")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
© Jamie Wyeth
Object number
NPG.97.152
Exhibition Label
In the catalogue accompanying Jamie Wyeth's first one-man show in 1966, Lincoln Kirstein lauded the twenty-year-old artist as "the finest American portrait-painter since the death of John Singer Sargent." In Kirstein's eyes, the young Wyeth was both "a master and a veteran," having received from his artistic family both native talent and rigorous training. Kirstein, nearly sixty when he sat for the portrait, had promoted the arts throughout his life as writer, scholar, poet, businessman, and founder-with choreographer George Balanchine-of several ballet companies. In preparation for painting Kirstein, Wyeth sketched him from both the front and the back. The chosen pose emphasizes Kirstein's massive frame. While giving an impression of monumentality, it is also a telling stance for an impresario who spent much of his time watching others in the creative process.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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