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"A Passage From Ulysses"

Object Number: 2011.034.0003
Category: Art
Type of Object: Artwork
Dimensions: 37 x 28 in. (94 x 71.1 cm)
Oil painting on canvas created by artist Bernadine Stetzel that depicts an interpretation and short excerpt of the poem "Ulysses" by Alfred Lord Tennyson.

Artist Stetzel described this piece as follows: "Tennyson's poem Ulysses was a favorite of President Kennedy's. Sailing and the sea were also favorite pastimes."

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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