On Sunday, December 2, 2012, Colin Powell's portrait was added to the collection of the National Portrait Gallery and unveiled in a special ceremony which included an interview with NPR's Michele Norris. In preliminary comments before the unveiling, NPG Commission Chairman Jack Watson stated, "The remarkable story of General Colin Powell is one of the nation's great stories... he is the Cincinnatus of our time." Powell was painted by artist Ronald Sherr, who is also responsible for NPG's portrait of President George HW Bush, acquired in 1995. Sherr's portrait of Powell is no small work—it measures 92 1/2 by 51 ¾ inches; the artist portrays the general standing in front of Theodore Roosevelt Hall at the National War College at Fort McNair in Washington DC Though Sherr resides in Hong Kong, the painting was completed during several life sittings and with the aid of photographs taken by the artist. General Powell noted of the work, "People will be coming to the National Portrait Gallery and seeing this picture of me, but what they will be seeing is Ron's artistry and his brilliance." For more see the NPG's blog at: face2face.si.edu Gen. Colin Powell / Ronald N. Sherr / Oil on canvas, 2012 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; supported by a grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and by the Marc Pachter Commissioning Fund


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