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

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Ronald Reagan

The National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. was given this portrait of Ronald Reagan by Time Magazine.
“This portrait of Ronald Reagan graced the cover of Time magazine's 1980 ‘Man of the Year’ issue. Reagan had claimed the White House in the recent November election. More important, however, the triumph of Reagan's conservatism at the polls seemed to signal a marked change in the political climate of the United States. In his calls for reduced dependence on government, he promised something quite different from recent administrations ­ Republican and Democrat. As Time put it, Reagan was not only ‘Man of the Year,’ he was ‘idea of the year.’

For this likeness, Time enlisted the services of Aaron Shikler, who has long been considered one of the country's leading traditional portraitists. Among the traits characterizing Shikler's work is a sense of intimacy, which he achieves largely through sensitive lighting.” -- National Portrait Gallery

The Time magazine cover appeared on January 5, 1981.

The index entry pointing to the page 10 article said:

Man of the Year: He has won an astonishing personal and political victory, helped to revive the two-party system, kindled new hope and reawakened old fears. Now comes Ronald Reagan's moment of destiny.

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