Biden Picks An Array of American Paintings, Sculpture Busts To Decorate the Oval Office

  • January 21, 2021 15:56

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Childe Hassam, Avenue in the Rain, 1917. The White House Historical Assoc., Gift of T. M. Evans, 1963.

Following tradition, the Oval Office has been redecorated for the new Biden administration. The selections reflect President Biden's aspirations for his administration.

The Washington Post got a preview of the office, noting that a large portrait of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, leader through multiple crises, is hung across from the Resolute Desk. Also displayed are portraits of former presidents George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and his rival, the former treasury secretary Alexander Hamilton, hung together, in a nod to the balance of differing opinions in a democracy.

A portrait of Benjamin Franklin, which replaced one of Andrew Jackson, is hung in a science-focused corner near a moon rock on a shelf. There is also a bust of former senator Daniel Webster, defender of the Union.

Busts of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy prominently flank the fireplace. Cesar Chavez, Rosa Parks and Eleanor Roosevelt busts and a sculpture depicting a horse and rider by Allan Houser of the Chiricahua Apache tribe are also displayed.

NPR reports that Childe Hassam's patriotic World War I-era "Avenue in the Rain" has been returned to display.

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