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"Alliance For Progress"

Object Number: 2011.034.0040
Category: Art
Type of Object: Artwork
Dimensions: 24 x 30 in. (61 x 76.2 cm)
Description
Oil painting on canvas created by artist Bernadine Stetzel that depicts President Kennedy signing the Alliance for Progress Bill.

Artist Stetzel described this piece as follows: "Kennedy is shown signing the Alliance for Progress Bill in May 1961. This bill provided for long term U.S. loans for development in Latin America."

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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