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"1956 Convention"

Object Number: 2011.034.0010
Category: Art
Type of Object: Artwork
Dimensions: 40 x 48 in. (101.6 x 121.9 cm)
Oil painting on canvas created by artist Bernadine Stetzel that depicts the 1956 Democratic Convention.

Artist Stetzel described this piece as follows: "Strong support for Kennedy's nomination as vice-president in 1956 encouraged him and his supporters. Despite the narrow loss to Kefauver, Kennedy garnered national attention at the Democratic Convention."

An enthusiastic supporter of John F. Kennedy, Stetzel was devastated by the assassination. Shortly after visiting the president’s gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery in 1968, she began work on a series of paintings that depicted the life of the late president. Between 1968 and 1985, with a long break in the middle, Bernadine Stetzel created 71 works that followed John F. Kennedy from his christening ceremony to the eternal flame at his gravesite.

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