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TIME Magazine Cover Portraits


Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, South American revolutionary, killed 1967

Ernesto 'Che' Guevara
South American Revolutionary, killed 1967

17" x 24", oil on masonite

published Time Magazine, August 8, 1960
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.

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The article on Che Guevara provides biographical information and explains Guevara's role in the Cuban revolution and Castro's newly formed, communist government.

When Safran was commissioned to paint Che Guevara in 1960 he was supplied with photographs of the revolutionary in which Guevara had long, shoulder length hair. While he was working on the portrait, the senior editor at TIME called in a panic because US sources said that Guevara had just cut his hair. Safran worked quickly to give the portrait a haircut and add an ear (Safran's brother-in-law modeled for the ear) in order to make the press deadline.

External links (open in a new window):

   new windowWikipedia entry for Che Guevara

   new windowTime Magazine issue online