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Eleanor Roosevelt

Artist
Bernard T. Frydrysiak, 1908 - 1970
Sitter
Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, 11 Oct 1884 - 7 Nov 1962
Date
1946
Type
Painting
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
Frame (Estimate): 66 × 55.9 cm (26 × 22")
Credit Line
Owner: Private collection
Object number
PC992501
Exhibition Label
Born New York City
As the nation’s first lady from March 1933 to April 1945, Eleanor Roosevelt transcended her role as hostess and proved to be a vital force in Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration. She took public stands on issues ranging from exploitive labor practices to civil rights and often urged her husband to advocate for causes he might otherwise have avoided. Her activism did not end with her departure from the White House. As a U.S. delegate to the United Nations (1945–52), Mrs. Roosevelt was instrumental in formulating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and securing its ratification by the General Assembly in 1948. This painting, which is based on a photograph from 1944, was created by a Polish artist and may have been presented to the first lady as a gesture of gratitude. In 1946, Mrs. Roosevelt repeatedly called attention to the terrible conditions in post-war Poland.
Nacida en la Ciudad de Nueva York
Como primera dama del país, Eleanor Roosevelt trascendió su papel de anfitriona para convertirse en una fuerza vital en el gobierno de Franklin D. Roosevelt. Hizo sentir su opinión públicamente en asuntos tales como las prácticas laborales explotadoras y los derechos civiles, y exhortó a su esposo a apoyar causas que quizás habría evitado de no ser por ella. Su activismo no terminó con su partida de la Casa Blanca. Como delegada de EE.UU. a las Naciones Unidas (1945–52), tuvo un papel decisivo en la formulación de la Declaración Universal de los Derechos Humanos y en la ratificación de esta por la Asamblea General en 1948. Esta pintura, basada en una fotografía de 1944, es obra de un artista polaco y es posible que haya sido obsequiada a la primera dama como gesto de gratitud. En 1946 la Sra. Roosevelt denunció repetidamente las condiciones terribles que sufrió Polonia durante la posguerra.
Data Source
Catalog of American Portraits
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Exhibition
The Struggle for Justice
On View
NPG, West Gallery 220