Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (Mrs. John F. Kennedy) (1970) by Aaron Shikler

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (Mrs. John F. Kennedy) - Aaron Shikler - 1970

Artwork Information

TitleJacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (Mrs. John F. Kennedy)
ArtistAaron Shikler
MediumOil on Canvas
Art MovementNew Realism

About Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (Mrs. John F. Kennedy)

The artwork titled “Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (Mrs. John F. Kennedy)” was created by the artist Aaron Shikler in 1970. Shikler chose the medium of oil on canvas to depict the former First Lady of the United States. The painting aligns with the New Realism art movement and is categorized as a portrait, capturing the poise and elegance of its subject.

The artwork exudes a quiet dignity and grace, characteristic of the public image of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The gentle brushwork and the soft, warm color palette create a sense of intimacy and tenderness. Her visage is rendered with care, showing her recognizable features with a serene expression. The figure is dressed in a simple, yet refined long-sleeve garment that falls gracefully along her frame. This particular depiction avoids direct eye contact with the viewer, adding a contemplative air to the portrait.

In the background, the suggestion of a mantelpiece hosts subtle elements including a bust and miniature figurines, and to the side, a cluster of flowers brings a measure of life and color to the composition. These elements are painted with a soft focus, hinting at the environment without drawing attention away from the central figure. The overall effect of the artwork is one of understated elegance, wholly befitting the subject’s cultural and historical significance.

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