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Boris Chaliapin, 1904 - 1979  Search this
Julia Child, 15 Aug 1912 - 13 Aug 2004  Search this
Tempera on illustration board
Image (Verified): 34.3 x 24.8 cm (13 1/2 x 9 3/4")
Mat: 55.9 × 40.6 cm (22 × 16")
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In 1966, when Julia Child appeared on the cover of Time, she was enjoying the zenith of her long career as a chef and bestselling author. Her first book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking (1961), had become a popular classic. When the cover story appeared, Child was hosting a half-hour Emmy-winning program, The French Chef, which aired on public television. The show was popular with cooks and non-cooks alike chiefly because of Child’s appealing and unflappable personality. Her legions of loyal fans loved her adventures and misadventures in the kitchen. Yet at least two readers of Time took issue with her cover portrait, which Chaliapin had made from life sketches. According to one critic, Child’s head, framed with copper pots, cooking utensils, and a fish, "resembles the First Apparition in Shakespeare’s Macbeth."
Equipment\Culinary Equipment\Kitchen utensil  Search this
Nature & Environment\Animal\Fish  Search this
Symbols & Motifs\Heart  Search this
Container\Pan\Saucepan  Search this
Container\Pot\Cooking  Search this
Julia Child: Female  Search this
Julia Child: Education\Educator\Teacher  Search this
Julia Child: Performing Arts\Performer\Television Personality  Search this
Julia Child: Military\Spy  Search this
Julia Child: Crafts and Trades\Culinary Arts\Cook  Search this
Julia Child: Literature\Writer\Cookbook  Search this
Julia Child: National Book Award  Search this
Julia Child: Legion of Honor  Search this
Julia Child: Presidential Medal of Freedom  Search this
Julia Child: Peabody Award  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
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© Chris Murphy
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