Painting of General Eisenhower in Army Uniform
By Thomas E. Stevens
In 1948, artist Thomas Stevens was commissioned to do this portrait of General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower. The painting was later displayed in the White House during Eisenhower’s Presidency, 1953-1961. Today it hangs on a wall in the living room of the Eisenhower Home in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Eisenhower served as Army Chief of Staff from 1946 to 1948. He oversaw the orderly demobilization of the military following World War II and the administration of the US's former enemies’ occupied countries. It was a difficult job. He wrote, “No personal enthusiasm marked my promotion to Chief of Staff, the highest military post a professional soldier in the United States Army can reach. When President Truman broached the subject I told him that I’d rather retire but he said he had special need of me at the moment.”
Oil on canvas. L 102.9, W 85.1 cm
Eisenhower National Historic Site, EISE 414.