"A portrait is a picture in which there is just a tiny little something not quite right about the mouth." -- John Singer Sargent

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Eudora Welty

This 1988 portrait of Eudora Welty (1909-2001) by Mildred Nungester Wolfe hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.
"Writer Eudora Welty devoted the bulk of her novels and short stories to portraying her native South. The originality of her work led critics to rank her with such literary giants of the twentieth century as William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor. One observer has suggested that only other southerners can fully appreciate Welty's command of local idiom and her painstaking attention to time and place. According to one admirer, however, Welty demonstrated 'that the deeper one goes into the heart of a region, the more one transcends its ... boundaries.'

Among Welty's best-known works are The Ponder Heart, which earned her the American Academy of Arts and Letters' prestigious William Dean Howells Medal in 1955, and The Optimist's Daughter, for which she received a Pulitzer Prize in 1973.

Both residents of Jackson, Mississippi, Welty and the artist who painted her portrait, Mildred Wolfe, knew each other for many years. The writer posed for the likeness seated in her own living room and in her favorite chair." -- National Portrait Gallery

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