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Inauguration

1956-1958 Jack Levine Born: Boston, Massachusetts 1915 Died: New York, New York 2010 oil on canvas 72 x 63 in. (183.0 x 160.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation 1986.6.54 Not currently on view


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Inauguration portrays the solemnity of the quadrennial ceremony in which the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court administers the oath of office to the nation’s president-elect. Levine identified the presidential figure as a combination of Woodrow Wilson, Harry Truman, and Dwight Eisenhower, suggesting the continuity of the American democratic process.


Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection, 2014

Keywords

Ceremony - civic - oath

Dress - accessory - hat

Figure group

Figure(s) in interior - civic

Performing arts - music

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas