Bronze statue of
by Malvina Hoffman, 1950
|"In 1950, I was asked by
Swami Nikhilananda, who directs the Vedanta Center in New York, to make the first of the
three portraits I did for them. This first portrait was a study of Swami Vivekananda whom
I was fortunate in having seen on his visit to America. I was a young woman at
that time, and meet him in the dining room of a boarding house on West Thirty-eighth
Street. I still recall his dark handsome face framed in a saffron turban and his spirit
that radiated a power through his luminous eyes. I sensed a rare privilege to be speaking
with him and to hear the compassionate voice of a holy man from faraway India. This
impression of his appearance never faded, and helped me to achieve an authentic likeness,
which is now placed at the Vedanta Center in East Ninety-fourth Street."
From "Yesterday is Tomorrow: A Personal History"
by Malvina Hoffman, Crown Publishers, Inc., New York, 1965