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Elizabeth Shoumatoff

Elizabeth Shoumatoff (October 6, 1888 – November 30, 1980) was an American painter who was best known for painting the Unfinished Portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Other paintings included Lyndon B. Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson.[1]

Contents

  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Death and legacy 3
  • References 4

Early life

Shoumatoff was born into an aristocratic family in Russia. Her brother Andrey Avinoff was a prominent entomologist and artist. Elizabeth Shoumatoff emigrated to the United States in 1917,[1] and eventually made her home on Long Island.

Career

Her extraordinary talent for portraiture brought commissions from some of the most illustrious families in America, Great Britain and Europe. Her clients included members of the Frick, du Pont, Mellon, Woodruff and Firestone families,[1] plus the cerebral hemorrhage on April 12, 1945.[2] When she was working, he said "I have a terrific pain in the back of my head."[3]

Death and legacy

She died in November 1980 at age 92 and her estate donated some of the sketches related to the Unfinished Portrait to the Franklin D. Roosevelt American Heritage Center Museum.[4] Some of her other works and materials from the latter part of her life are now in the Archives of American Art.[5]

References

  1. ^ a b c Shoumatoff, Elizabeth (1991). FDR's Unfinished Portrait: A Memoir.  
  2. ^ "Franklin D. Roosevelt Day by Day – April". In Roosevelt History. Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum Collections and Programs. Retrieved 2012-05-14. 
  3. ^ "FDR's Final Days". History Channel Club. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  4. ^ "Elizabeth Shoumatoff". Elizabeth Shoumatoff. Franklin D. Roosevelt American Heritage Center Museum. Retrieved 2012-05-14. 
  5. ^ "Elizabeth Shoumatoff papers, 1945-1991". Archives of American Art. Retrieved 2012-05-14. 
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