Death of FDR

The famous unfinished portrait of US President Franklin D. Roosevelt, started by Elizabeth Shoumatoff on the day of his death
The famous unfinished portrait of US President Franklin D. Roosevelt, started by Elizabeth Shoumatoff on the day of his death

Historical Context

On April 12, 1945, painter Elizabeth Shoumatoff began work on a portrait of US President Franklin D. Roosevelt while he was in Warm Springs, Georgia.

She began her work at about noon on April 12. While Roosevelt was being served lunch during the session, he complained of having a "terrific pain in the back of my head". He slumped forward, unconscious, and was taken to his room where he later died. He had had a cerebral hemorrhage

Shoumatoff never completed the painting. Roosevelt's death shocked the world, especially as the Allies were mere weeks away from victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.

Painting Info


Artist: Elizabeth Shoumatoff
Date taken: April 12, 1945
Location painted: Warm Springs, Georgia, USA

Source: Wikimedia Commons

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