The portrait of James Oberstar eschews symbols of his chairmanship of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in favor of a simple composition. Oberstar sits on the edge of his chair, turned toward the viewer. He leans slightly forward, smiling, as if engaged in conversation. A shaded taupe background does not indicate a specific location, but denizens of Congress might recognize the chair as standard-issue House furniture, found in many of the Capitol’s offices.
History, Art & Archives, U.S. House of Representatives, “James Louis Oberstar,” https://history.house.gov/Collection/Listing/2008/2008-022-000/ (January 24, 2022)
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