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John F. Kennedy

Artist:
René Robert Bouché, 20 Sep 1905 - Jul 1963
Sitter:
John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 29 May 1917 - 22 Nov 1963
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
101cm x 76.2cm (39 3/4" x 30"), Accurate
Frame: 104.5 x 79.1 x 4.1cm (41 1/8 x 31 1/8 x 1 5/8")
Type:
Painting
Date:
1961
Topic:
Exterior\Landscape
Nature & Environment\Plant\Tree
Symbols & Motifs\Flag\National\United States
Clothing & Apparel\Dress Accessory\Tie\Necktie
John Fitzgerald Kennedy: Literature\Writer
John Fitzgerald Kennedy: Politics and Government\US Congressman\Massachusetts
John Fitzgerald Kennedy: Military and Intelligence\Navy\Officer
John Fitzgerald Kennedy: Politics and Government\President of US
John Fitzgerald Kennedy: Politics and Government\US Senator\Massachusetts
John Fitzgerald Kennedy: Pulitzer Prize
John Fitzgerald Kennedy: Presidential Medal of Freedom
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
Object number:
NPG.78.TC502
Rights:
© Denise Bouché Fitch
Exhibition Label:
This portrait of John F. Kennedy was created for Time’s cover story about the new president’s recent trip to Europe to confer with French president Charles de Gaulle and the Soviet Union’s communist leader, Nikita Khrushchev, in Vienna. Kennedy’s talks with de Gaulle went reasonably well. The same could not be said about the meetings with Khrushchev, however, and Kennedy came away from them feeling chastened by his adversary’s bullying tactics.
The creator of this likeness was the popular artist René Bouché, who ideally liked to have three seven-hour sittings with his subjects. Yet Kennedy allowed him only two sessions at the White House, each lasting about two hours. Bouché’s greatest difficulty, however, was that during these truncated sessions Kennedy was always talking to his advisors and seemed constitutionally unable to sit still for more than a few seconds at a time.
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Exhibition:
Time Covers the 1960s
On View:
NPG, North Gallery 220
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
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