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Lady Liberty of 1953 to 1962?

ca. 1960 Peter "Charlie" Attie Besharo Born: Syria 1899 Died: Kittanning, Pennsylvania 1960 acrylic and metallic paint, varnish, and pencil on paperboard 22 5/8 x 28 1/2 in. (57.5 x 72.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 1986.65.100 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 24A


Luce Center Label

This painting shows the Statue of Liberty, chained and dressed in colorful "peasant" clothes, flying through a vivid blue sky. Fire shoots out of her jet-propelled shoes while a "magnet beam" rocket speeds along beside her. The spirit of 1953 may refer to the election of President Dwight Eisenhower, who presided over the jet age and America's cold war with the Soviet Union. The vivid colors and energetic brushstrokes evoke the optimism that accompanied the postwar boom, while the figure's chains probably symbolize the ongoing threat of the cold war.

Keywords

Allegory - civic - liberty

Figure female

painting

folk art

paint - acrylic

pencil

paperboard

About Peter "Charlie" Attie Besharo

Born: Syria 1899 Died: Kittanning, Pennsylvania 1960

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