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Albert Einstein

Accession Number
1986/2.20

Title
Albert Einstein

Artist(s)
Philippe Halsman

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1947

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

Dimensions
20 in x 15 15/16 in (50.8 cm x 40.48 cm);32 3/16 in x 26 1/8 in (81.76 cm x 66.36 cm);19 15/16 in x 16 in (50.64 cm x 40.64 cm);18 3/4 in x 14 13/16 in (47.63 cm x 37.62 cm)

Credit Line
Museum purchase made possible by the Jean Paul Slusser Memorial Fund

Subject matter
Halsman's name was on Einstein's list of artists and scientists to receive emergency visas during World War II, allowing the photographer to escape France. Halsman began visiting Einstein at Princeton in the years following. This particular image was taken in 1947, on his third visit. In this portrait, Einstein solemnly looks at the camera, his white hair combed back but still unruly. Halsman wrote that Einstein was discussing the ramifications of his work on the Manhattan project as this photograph was taken.

Physical Description
This is a black and white bust portrait of Albert Einstein in his study at Princeton.

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
Figures
Portraits
bust-length
historians of science
historical figures
modern and contemporary art
physicists
single-sitter portraits

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