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Study for the White House Portrait of Jacqueline Kennedy

Study for the White House Portrait of Jacqueline Kennedy

Artist: Aaron Shikler (American, b. 1922)

Date Made: 1968

Medium: Oil on panel

Dimensions: Framed: 15 x 11 inches

This painting was a study for the official White House portrait of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.  For the White House portrait, Mrs. Kennedy chose to have herself depicted in a long black skirt and white blouse. The First Lady is standing in front of a mantle decorated with a bouquet of white flowers and a bust.  Upon completion, Shikler decide that he was not satisfied with the final version. He felt the pose was too girlish and coy and it failed to convey Jacqueline Kennedy's reserve and strength. 

Gift of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation

 

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum