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Cormac McCarthy

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Date
2004
Object number
NPG.2008.23
Exhibition Label
Born Providence, Rhode Island
The early work of contemporary novelist Cormac McCarthy, including Suttree (1979) and Blood Meridian (1985), was often violent and macabre. After moving from Tennessee to Texas, he began to explore the classic western theme of the individual on the frontier; his Border Trilogy (1992-98) masterfully mixed the old and the new West. Now living near Santa Fe, McCarthy is writing what has been called post-apocalyptic fiction; The Road (2006) won the Pulitzer Prize for its depiction of life after a secular apocalypse.
McCarthy was the only writer in residence as a fellow at the Santa Fe Institute when British photorealist painter Andrew Tift met and photographed him there in 2003 for a series of portraits. McCarthy, who is known for being reclusive, has said that talking with the scientists at the research institute "helps him to think."
Provenance
(Andreeva Gallery, Santa Fe); purchased 2008 NPG
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Artist
Andrew Tift, born 1968
Sitter
Cormac McCarthy, born 20 Jul 1933
Topic
Cormac McCarthy: Male
Cormac McCarthy: Literature\Writer\Novelist
Cormac McCarthy: Literature\Writer\Screenwriter
Portrait
Medium
Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions
Stretcher: 50.5 x 30.5cm (19 7/8 x 12")
Frame: 53.7 x 33.7 x 5.1cm (21 1/8 x 13 1/4 x 2")
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Copyright
© 2004 Andrew Tift
Type
Painting
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4d4df70f1-a200-45e5-8479-28c04c392430
Record ID
npg_NPG.2008.23

Cormac McCarthy

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