John F. Kennedy1970 by Aaron Shikler

Official Presidential portrait of John F. Kennedy

Except for one passing glimpse from afar, Mr. Shikler had never seen Kennedy in person. He studied dozens of photographs and eventually settled on a somber, reflective pose. In the portrait, Kennedy, dressed in a gray suit and blue tie, stands with his arms folded across his chest, his head tilted down.
"I painted him with his head bowed, not because I think of him as a martyr, but because I wanted to show him as a president who was a thinker", Mr. Shikler told The Washington Post in 1971. "A thinking president is a rare thing".
Mrs. Kennedy had made only one demand, he wrote in an article for McCall’s magazine in March 1971: "I don’t want him done the way everybody does him - with that puffiness under the eyes and every shadow and crease magnified".... (
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