Robert F. Kennedy

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Time magazine’s editors commissioned Roy Lichtenstein to create this cover portrait of Senator Robert Kennedy for its May 24, 1968, edition. It was issued in the midst of a turbulent presidential primary season when Kennedy was challenging President Lyndon Johnson for the Democratic Party’s nomination. Lichtenstein’s Pop Art style and bright colors create a sense of energy as it captures Kennedy’s image in the midst of a campaign speech. Kennedy responded in a bemused telegram: “I thought your cover picture was really marvelous, but I don’t have red spots all over my face.”
On June 5, 1968, just a few weeks after publication of the issue, Kennedy was assassinated while campaigning in Los Angeles. Time commissioned another cover from Lichtenstein to highlight the issue of gun control. A gun pointed at the viewer, though drawn in the same cartoon-like style as the Kennedy portrait, seemed haunting.
Equipment\Sound Devices\Microphone
Robert Francis Kennedy: Male
Robert Francis Kennedy: Politics and Government\US Senator\New York
Robert Francis Kennedy: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer
Robert Francis Kennedy: Politics and Government\Cabinet Member\US Attorney General
Robert Francis Kennedy: Literature\Writer
Robert Francis Kennedy: Politics and Government\Presidential Candidate
Robert Francis Kennedy: Politics and Government\Campaign Director
Robert Francis Kennedy: Politics and Government\Brother of US President
Robert Francis Kennedy: Congressional Gold Medal
National Portrait Gallery
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© Estate of Roy Lichtenstein
Roy Lichtenstein, 27 Oct 1923 - 29 Sept 1997
Robert Francis Kennedy, 20 Nov 1925 - 6 Jun 1968
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
Color separation on acetate
Sheet: 58.4 × 41.9cm (23 × 16 1/2")
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Robert Francis Kennedy: American\Irish American