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

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Jimmy Carter

This 1982 portrait of Jimmy Carter (born 1924)  by Herbert E. Abrams is on display in the National Portrait Gallery in  Washington, DC.
Elected in 1976, Jimmy Carter offered a new face to the White House with his “can-do” attitude and conservative populism. He sat for his White House portrait in 1982 in Plains, Georgia, after he left office. This is the preliminary life study.

Carter liked Herbert Abrams's treatment of him immensely. The painter apparently agreed, saying later that the White House portrait just “fell off the brush. It just flowed--I knew from the beginning it was going to be one of my best.” -- National Portrait Gallery

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