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Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein
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Artist
René Robert Bouché, 20 Sep 1905 - Jul 1963
Sitter
Leonard Bernstein, 25 Aug 1918 - 14 Oct 1990
Date
1960
Type
Painting
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
Stretcher: 126.4 x 101 x 2.5cm (49 3/4 x 39 3/4 x 1")
Frame: 135.9 x 110.5 x 5.1cm (53 1/2 x 43 1/2 x 2")
Topic
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigarette
Costume\Jewelry\Watch\Wrist watch
Leonard Bernstein: Male
Leonard Bernstein: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
Leonard Bernstein: Education\Educator\Professor
Leonard Bernstein: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Songwriter
Leonard Bernstein: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Pianist
Leonard Bernstein: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Conductor
Portrait
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Springate Corporation
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Copyright
© Denise Bouche Fitch
Object number
NPG.92.3
Exhibition Label
Born Lawrence, Massachusetts
Like George Gershwin before him, Leonard Bernstein exulted in the staccato rhythms of the city, especially the city—New York. His career flourished on a parallel course as a composer, pianist, and conductor: he was hailed as an overnight sensation in 1943 when he replaced an ailing Bruno Walter as conductor of the New York Philharmonic. Shortly afterward, he met choreographer Jerome Robbins, and they created the ballet Fancy Free (1944). Bernstein was intent on creating music with a fast-paced, authentic American voice, and—with his own heyday paralleling the golden age of the American musical—he captured the pulsing energy of the city in his most popular works—On the Town, Wonderful Town, and West Side Story. He also helped popularize music of all kinds in his legendary “Young People’s Concerts,” which were broadcast on television to wide audiences in the 1950s.
Provenance
The sitter; his children; Springate Corporation, New York, representing Bernstein estate; gift 1991 to NPG
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
Exhibition
Bravo!
On View
NPG, South Gallery 310 Mezzanine