Louis I. Kahn

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Exhibition Label
Born Kingisepp, Saaremaa, Estonia
Louis Kahn’s best-known buildings, including the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas (1966–72) and the Yale Center for British Art (1969–74), combined the strengths of modernist architecture with the architectural traditions of the past. He was known for his interest in both structure and light and was regarded as an important theorist and teacher at the University of Pennsylvania.
Kahn’s daughter, Alexandra Tyng, created this portrait from memory and photographs. Kahn is seated in his office in Philadelphia, surrounded by his books and a framed drawing of an unbuilt project for the Palazzo del Congressi in Venice. The artist intended to illuminate a moment of inspiration through her inclusion of the light shining on Kahn’s face.
Provenance
The artist; gift 2010 to NPG
Artist
Alexandra Tyng, born 1954
Sitter
Louis Isadore Kahn, 20 Feb 1901 - 17 Mar 1974
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the artist
Restrictions & Rights
©2009 Alexandra Tyng
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
2009
Object number
NPG.2010.52
Topic
Interior
Printed Material\Book
Costume\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses
Artwork\Drawing
Louis Isadore Kahn: Male
Louis Isadore Kahn: Education\Educator\Professor\University
Louis Isadore Kahn: Visual Arts\Architect
Portrait
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
Stretcher: 127 x 91.8cm (50 x 36 1/8")
Frame: 141.6 x 105.4 x 10.2cm (55 3/4 x 41 1/2 x 4")
National Portrait Gallery
Type
Painting