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Yousuf Karsh
Canadian, born Armenia, 1908–2002

Nikita Khrushchev


Object Type: Photograph
20 in. x 16 in. (50.8 cm x 40.64 cm)
Medium and Support: Gelatin silver print on paper
Accession Number: 2013.0005.0035

Credit Line: Gift of Estrellita Karsh, in honor of Mark M. Johnson, and in memory of Yousuf Karsh
Copyright: © Estate of Yousuf Karsh

Nikita Khrushchev (1894–1971) Karsh was invited to portray Khrushchev, First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1953–1964) and Premier of the U.S.S.R. (1958–1964) at his country house outside Moscow. The Premier and his family had just returned, tanned, from an April vacation on the Black Sea. When Karsh saw Khrushchev walking with his three-year-old grandchild skipping ahead of him, he felt that the portly figure demanded a large fur coat. His subject consented, sent assistants to find one, and added a knitted woolen hat.

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