Lady Liberty of 1953 to 1962?

  • Peter "Charlie" Attie Besharo, Lady Liberty of 1953 to 1962?, ca. 1960, acrylic and metallic paint, varnish, and pencil on paperboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.100

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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.

Title
Lady Liberty of 1953 to 1962?
Artist
Date
ca. 1960
On View
Dimensions
22 5/8 x 28 1/2 in. (57.5 x 72.5 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson

Mediums
Mediums Description
acrylic and metallic paint, varnish, and pencil on paperboard
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure female
  • Allegory – civic – liberty
Object Number
1986.65.100
Palette
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