“A large oil painting of Winston Churchill’s distinctive bulldog face – presented in eight different windows and in the bold lines of a news magazine cover – catches the eye as soon as you enter the elegantly understated living room of Richard Haass’s Manhattan apartment.
Its presence seems entirely fitting in the home of one of the most prominent members of the US foreign policy establishment. Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, the influential New York think-tank, commissioned the canvas some eight years ago from artist Norma Miller, an American friend living in London, whose work includes cover portraits for Time magazine.
Why Churchill? “One, he’s got this extraordinary face and features,” says Haass, gesturing to the portrait from a sofa. “Second, I think he was the single most significant individual of the 20th century. More than anyone else, I would argue, he changed the direction of 20th-century history.”