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Charles de Gaulle

Portrait of Charles de Gaulle,
President of France 1959-1966

17" x 24", oil on masonite

published Time Magazine, July 1, 1966
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.

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Safran decided to portray Charles de Gaulle as the monument that the French statesman saw himself as. The cover infuriated de Gaulle but became one of TIME magazine's top grossing issues on the newsstand. The article in the July 1, 1966 issue, reported on de Gaulle's trip to the Soviet Union. This was during the height of the Cold War and was one of the first attempts from a European nation to explore economic relations with the Soviet block.

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   new windowWikipedia entry for Charles de Gaulle

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