This is one of my favorite paintings of Peter Hurd. Sadly this photo does not due it justice. I have set many hours in front of this painting during my lunch hours. It is very beautiful and leaves me with a sense of peace.
Portrait by Moonlight
Egg Tempera on Gessoed Board
In 1967, he painted what would have been Lyndon B. Johnson's official portrait. President Johnson only allowed Hurd one sitting, during which he fell asleep. Hurd had to use photographs of Johnson to finish the painting. Johnson did not like his portrait, declaring it "the ugliest thing I ever saw." The painting is now part of the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, in the Smithsonian Institution.
Have a wonderful day!
N Posted by Rain at 7/06/2006 12:14:00 AM