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Portrait study of Frank Buchman, founder, Moral Re-Armament Image 1

Portrait study of Frank Buchman, founder, Moral Re-Armament

c. 1949
Pastel on blue paper
Credit Line
Gift of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 2015
25 5/8 x 19 3/4 in.

Description & Inscriptions

[verso in graphite]: Dr. Buchman
Born Franklin Nathaniel Daniel Buchman, Dr. Buchman (1878-1961) was a Christian evangelist and founder of the Oxford Group, which by 1938 was known as the Moral Re-Armament. Buchman first met Oakley in 1928 when Queen Sophia of Greece brought him to the artist’s studio in Florence, Italy. Nearly thirty years later at Buchman’s request, Oakley presented a study for a mural planned for the MRA headquarters at Mackinac Island, Michigan. The project was never completed.


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