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Artist:
Al Hirschfeld, 21 Jun 1903 - 21 Jan 2003  Search this
Sitter:
Sammy Davis, Jr., 8 Dec 1925 - 16 May 1990  Search this
Paula Wayne, born 1937  Search this
Medium:
Ink and graphite on illustration board
Dimensions:
Sheet (Verified): 54.2 × 35.1 cm (21 5/16 × 13 13/16")
Image: 45 × 25 cm (17 11/16 × 9 13/16")
Mat (Verified): 71.1 × 55.9 cm (28 × 22")
Type:
Drawing
Date:
1964
Exhibition Label:
With superbly controlled exaggeration, Al Hirschfeld depicts the versatile singer, dancer, and actor Sammy Davis Jr. as a struggling boxer in Golden Boy, a 1964 musical adaptation of the 1930s play by Clifford Odets. Set against a sharp-edged, geometric cityscape, the figures of Davis and co-star Paula Wayne come to life with a supple grace and elegance. Davis's performance in Golden Boy, which featured one of the first fully integrated casts on Broadway, earned him a Tony Award nomination. The adaptation changed the main character from a Jewish to an African American fighter. "The swift, keen-edged lines about the Negro condition," Howard Taubman wrote of the musical in his review for the New York Times, "have bite and integrity." The same characteristics could be applied to Hirschfeld's incisive portrayal.
Topic:
Interior\Performing Arts\Theatrical\Stage  Search this
Home Furnishings\Drinking vessel\Glass  Search this
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigarette  Search this
Caricature  Search this
Interior\Sports arena\Boxing ring  Search this
Home Furnishings\Lighting Devices\Light bulb  Search this
Sammy Davis, Jr.: Male  Search this
Sammy Davis, Jr.: Performing Arts\Performer\Entertainer  Search this
Paula Wayne: Female  Search this
Paula Wayne: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.2003.73
Restrictions & Rights:
© Al Hirschfeld
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Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4874112c6-35b4-4c34-8f40-0f6438ba8f07
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.2003.73