Art

The Bullets That Changed America

Hello, everyone. I apologize for not posting yesterday. I had a dress rehearsal for a show I’m in today! But that is irrelevant, because today is a very important day in U.S. history. It is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy on November 22nd, 1963, in Dallas Texas. So, in his honor, I will be talking about his presidential portrait in todays post.

This presidential portrait was and is very unique from all the other presidential portraits. It was done after he was killed, and was painted by Aaron Shikler. There is a very important detail about the portrait: there are no eyes visible, because it is said that the artist did not want to paint the eyes of a dead man out of a sign of respect. The president has his arms crossed and is looking down, which could be a hidden reference to the moment he was hit by the first bullet. Normally, the presidential portrait is used to show the power of the president, but this one is different. The outlines are loose, colors are mute shades of brown, and there are no signs of power. It’s just a man who was cut down in his prime. The only colors we see that are not brown are in his tie, which is a pastel blue, and his shirt, which is a pure white. In my personal opinion, this is a very powerful portrait, and, even if it was not Kennedy, I would think the  same thing. It shows a man who is mellow and yet somehow driven. This can be seen in his body position where the legs are walking foreword. There is no portrait of his assassin.

President Kennedy was cut down in his prime, and we should take today to honor his memory and respect what he did for the country. R.I.P John F. Kennedy. May you rest in peace.

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