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.