"Official Portraits of French and American Presidents - 1958-2017 "

March 24, 2017

A Conference by Ms. Vanessa Badré

In recent years, the unveiling of the official portrait of the French president has become a major event in the French media.

Since the beginning of the fifth republic, in 1958, official portraits have drawn ever more public attention. 

Once the image is chosen, it will be associated with the person of the president long after  the end of his mandate. Much as in the United States, this official photograph is exhibited in town halls, civic centers and government buildings.

Why do those portraits have so much to teach us about French constitution, democracy  and relationship to power ? How do they mirror the evolution of society?  What do we learn when we look at them alongside similar portraits of American presidents ?  How is legitimacy built out of images?  Which  historical tradition and iconographic heritage  inspired  the representation of the president?

A close look at a number of French and American portraits will offer up some answers. 

Note: the conference will be in English


WHEN: March 24th, 6:30 to 8 pm
WHERE: Salle Tocqueville @ the Embassy of France (4101 Reservoir Rd, NW)

10$ for FACC WDC Members
20$ for non Members

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