On Jan. 28, the Newseum unveils a portrait by renowned American artist John Singer Sargent of visionary newspaper editor and publisher Joseph Pulitzer in its popular Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery. The portrait will be on display throughout 2016 to mark the 100th awarding of the Pulitzer Prizes this year.
The portrait, painted by Sargent in 1905, is on loan to the Newseum from the collection of Pulitzer’s granddaughter-in-law Emily Rauh Pulitzer, widow of Joseph Pulitzer Jr. The oil-on-canvas portrait has been exhibited at some of the country’s finest art museums, including the National Portrait Gallery, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Joseph Pulitzer, one of the nation’s most influential journalists, established the annual prizes in his will. First presented in 1917 for work published in 1916, the prestigious awards represent excellence in journalism, literature, music and drama. The Newseum’s Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery features photographs from every Pulitzer Prize-winning entry dating back to 1942 — the most comprehensive collection of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs ever assembled – as large-format prints hanging in the gallery and in interactive kiosks featuring more than 1,000 images. Visitors can also access more than 15 hours of video and audio interviews with prize-winning photographers.