Lady Liberty of 1953 to 1962?

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This painting shows the Statue of Liberty, chained and dressed in colorful "peasant" clothes, flying through a vivid blue sky. Fire shoots out of her jet-propelled shoes while a "magnet beam" rocket speeds along beside her. The spirit of 1953 may refer to the election of President Dwight Eisenhower, who presided over the jet age and America's cold war with the Soviet Union. The vivid colors and energetic brushstrokes evoke the optimism that accompanied the postwar boom, while the figure's chains probably symbolize the ongoing threat of the cold war.
Topic
Figure female
Allegory\civic\liberty
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Artist
Peter "Charlie" Attie Besharo, born Syria 1899-died Kittanning, PA 1960
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson
Medium
acrylic and metallic paint, varnish, and pencil on paperboard
Dimensions
22 5/8 x 28 1/2 in. (57.5 x 72.5 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 24A
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Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor
ca. 1960
Type
Painting
Folk Art
Object number
1986.65.100