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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
Date
1961
Type
Painting
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")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
Restrictions & Rights
© Denise Bouché Fitch
Object number
NPG.78.TC502
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.
John F. Kennedy 1917–1963
Este retrato de John F. Kennedy se creó cuando Time reportó el viaje que acababa de hacer el nuevo presidente a Europa para entrevistarse con el presidente francés, Charles de Gaulle, y el líder de la Unión Soviética, Nikita Khrushchev, en Viena. Las conversaciones de Kennedy con Gaulle transcurrieron bastante bien. Pero no puede decirse lo mismo de las reuniones con Khrushchev, y Kennedy llegó a sentirse humillado por las tácticas intimidantes de su adversario.
El creador de esta imagen fue el popular artista René Bouché, quien normalmente solicitaba tres sesiones de siete horas cada una con sus modelos. Kennedy le concedió solo dos sesiones de apenas dos horas en la Casa Blanca. Sin embargo, el mayor inconveniente para Bouché durante las truncas sesiones fue que Kennedy no dejó de hablar con sus asesores y era físicamente incapaz de posar tranquilo más de algunos segundos.
René Bouché (1905–1963)
Óleo sobre lienzo, 1961
Portada de Time, 9 de junio de 1961
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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