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.
Lady Liberty of 1953 to 1962?
- ca. 1960
- Not on view
- 22 5⁄8 x 28 1⁄2 in. (57.5 x 72.5 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson
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- acrylic and metallic paint, varnish, and pencil on paperboard
- Allegory – civic – liberty
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