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Artist:
Elaine de Kooning, 12 Mar 1918 - 1 Feb 1989  Search this
Sitter:
John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 29 May 1917 - 22 Nov 1963  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 45.7 × 37.8cm (18 × 14 7/8")
Mat: 50.8 × 40.6cm (20 × 16")
Frame: 51.4 × 41.3cm (20 1/4 × 16 1/4")
Culture:
John Fitzgerald Kennedy: American\Irish American  Search this
Type:
Painting
Place:
United States\Florida\Palm Beach
Date:
1963
Exhibition Label:
Elaine recalled of Kennedy, "When I began the sketches, I found that he moved constantly—which drove me insane. It soon became clear (although he tried) that it was physically impossible for this man to sit still! He knew that the portrait (originally only one was planned) was commissioned for the Truman Library and, although it was intended that it reflect the freedom of the ‘New Frontier,’ it was supposed to be somewhat ‘official!’" Elaine captured the clarity of light, foliage, and the casualness of the first sitting in this watercolor, one of several she made at the time.
Elaine guardaba este recuerdo de Kennedy: “Cuando comencé los bocetos vi que se movía constantemente, lo cual me sacaba de mis casillas. Pronto entendí que (aunque trataba) a este hombre le era físicamente imposible estar quieto. Él sabía que el retrato (en un principio se planificó solo uno) era un encargo de la Biblioteca Truman y, aunque se supone que reflejara las libertades que él proclamaba con su idea de la “Nueva Frontera”, también debía tener un tono ‘oficial’”. Elaine capta la claridad de la luz, el follaje y la informalidad de la primera sesión en esta acuarela, una de varias que realizó en esos tiempos.
Topic:
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair  Search this
Exterior  Search this
John Fitzgerald Kennedy: Male  Search this
John Fitzgerald Kennedy: Literature\Writer  Search this
John Fitzgerald Kennedy: Politics and Government\US Congressman\Massachusetts  Search this
John Fitzgerald Kennedy: Military\Navy\Officer  Search this
John Fitzgerald Kennedy: Politics and Government\President of US  Search this
John Fitzgerald Kennedy: Politics and Government\US Senator\Massachusetts  Search this
John Fitzgerald Kennedy: Pulitzer Prize  Search this
John Fitzgerald Kennedy: Presidential Medal of Freedom  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Amarillo Museum of Art
Object number:
AM 2001.06.05
Restrictions & Rights:
© Elaine de Kooning Trust
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_AM_2001.06.05