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Joan Baez

Joan Baez
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Russell Hoban, 4 Feb 1925 - 13 Dec 2011
Joan Baez, born 9 Jan 1941
Casein on board
Sight: 73.7 x 52.1cm (29 x 20 1/2")
Frame: 86.4 x 64.8cm (34 x 25 1/2")
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair\Armchair
Music\Musical instrument\Guitar
Joan Baez: Female
Joan Baez: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Songwriter
Joan Baez: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Guitarist
Joan Baez: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Folk singer
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
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Born Staten Island, New York
Known as “the queen of the folk singers” during the heyday of hootenannies—folk music’s version of a jam session—Joan Baez had what a 1962 Time cover story called a voice “as clear as air in the autumn, a vibrant, strong, untrained, and thrilling soprano.” She played the coffeehouse circuit before causing a sensation at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival, and she soon became associated with such legendary folk groups as the Weavers and the Seeger family. Her first album of English and American ballads was a huge success and included her soon-to-be- classic renditions of “Barbara Allen” and “All My Trials.” By the mid-1960s Baez was associated with various political causes, most prominently the antiwar and civil rights movements.
Collection Description
In 1978, Time magazine donated approximately eight hundred works of original cover art to the National Portrait Gallery. The museum is dedicated to telling the stories of individuals who have shaped the United States, and the Time Collection—featuring prominent international figures and events—enriches our understanding of the United States in a global context.
En 1978, la revista Time donó a la National Portrait Gallery cerca de 800 obras de arte originales creadas para sus portadas. Nuestro museo se dedica a narrar la historia de figuras que han contribuido a forjar el desarrollo de Estados Unidos, y es así que la Colección Time, que incluye retratos de importantes personalidades internacionales, nos ayuda a comprender mejor a nuestra nación en un contexto global.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
On View
NPG, South Gallery 322 Mezzanine