Remembering JFK | The Story Behind a Portrait by Daniel E. Greene

To mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, I am happy to share a pastel by renowned portrait artist, Daniel Greene and the story behind it. California gallery, Mountainsong Galleries, in Carmel-by-the-Sea, has just made his historic portrait—painted in 1963—available for acquisition.


JFK (pastel, 25×19) by Daniel E. Greene

The Story of a Portrait

The Master Pastelist describes the origin of the portrait: “In 1963 McCalls magazine commissioned me to do portraits of John F. Kennedy and the Kennedy family which they planned to reproduce to coincide with the upcoming 1964 Presidential election. A liaison between McCalls and the White House was established and I was scheduled to meet with the President in the fall of 1963. Unfortunately, tragedy intervened and the project was cancelled.”

Greene decided he still wanted to paint a portrait of the President and used a series of photographs taken by a photojournalist friend to do so. The portrait, which has always had special meaning for the artist, has been kept in his studio and has never been previously exhibited.

We’d like to offer our thanks to the artist for sharing this marvelous pastel, which really captures the intellect and sense of optimism associated with the 35th president.







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