Kipp Soldwedel (American 1913-1999) ""Operation Liberty"" Statue of Liberty Oil on Canvas The artist painted this work for the 100th Anniversary of the Statue of Liberty in 1986. The Twin Towers also appear in the far right of the image. Signed and dated lower right. Verso signed, dated July 4, 1986, inscribed with artist's copyrights and dedicated lower right. This was painted in 1985. Please note this painting hung in the Rotunda of the Statue of Liberty Monument on Liberty Island, New York Harbor on July 4, 1988. Without frame measuring 48"" high by 70"" wide. With frame: 58"" high x 80"" wide Marine artist Kipp Soldwedel studied fine arts at Yale University and was awarded four Beaux Arts medals. He received a scholarship to the American Academy in Rome. During World War II, he was a flight instructor and meteorologist for the United States Air Force. Kipp Soldwedel is most well known for his maritime battle scenes though he did paint over 150 portraits of celebrities. His illustrations appeared in magazines such as National Geographic, Time, Life, and Town and Country. Many of his paintings depicted the tall ships. He was the known as one of the greatest modren masters of Marine Paintings.