The Racine Journal-Times Sunday Bulletin from Racine, Wisconsin on January 7, 1962 · Page 10
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January 7, 1962

The Racine Journal-Times Sunday Bulletin from Racine, Wisconsin · Page 10

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Artist Confronted with Sketching Problems Kennedy: the Man Who Just Wouldnt Sit Still By Boyd Lewis (NEA Newsfeaturea Writer) WASHINGTON— (NEA) — Britain 's queen sat 16 times for Pietro Annigoni, tlie Florentine master. Princess Margaret posed 33 times for lier portrait. ^ President Kennedy did not pose at all but permitted tlie artist to spend tliree days in his Wliite House office sloetching him in action. The result is perhaps the most controversial of a succession of disputed portraits by Annigoni—his impression in tempera of a deadly serious leader in the swirl of crisis. "1 have never painted a portrait in so unusual a way," Annigoni explained. "I do not know what they will say of my. Kennedy. 1 am told it will be controversial." Not First Time The artist shrugged his massive shoulders, resigned as one who has been through these things before. They said of his royal portraits: the queen was more woman than royalty; his Prince Philip looked "sinister"; his Princess Margaret looked like the Mona Lisa. (Annigoni's portrait was commissioned by Time mag- This portrait was commissioned by Time, which named Kennedy its "M^ of the Year," azine, which displayed it on last week's cover in connection with naming Kennedy "Man of the Year.") Annigoni said Kennedy V asked him at their first meeting, "What do you want of me?" "I want you to sit still for a little while," the painter replied. 1 Same Routine The outcome said Annigoni, was that the president allowed ' him to set up a sketching easel in his office — and then proceeded with business as usual. "This very agreeable gentleman did not sit at all," said ; Annigoni. I drew many I sketches while he moved ! about. He had meetings. He ; talked on the telephone. He received visitors. He posed '-• for photographers. I was just • a piece of furniture. But I saw him as he really is. Not smiling for the camera. That is not how I saw him. "Then I went to my hotel -. room and painted my impression of this president as he did all these things. This is not how I like to work. I am ' not certain how it comes out." Annigoni's Kennedy has a ' moody, almost glum expression. He has caught the physical characteristics of the president, especially the slanting eyelids. But the hunch of the sbqulders is that of a man at w(5rk on his desk and his tie is skewed under one tip of his collar. Unhampered Run Annigoni, who had unham­ pered'run of Buckingham Palace while doing British royalty, had difficulty at the White House gate. "Each day," he related, "it was the same thing. Always different guards. Never letting me pass without explanations. I would explain, T am Pietro Annigoni,. I am an Italian painter. I have an appointment to paint the president.' "The guard looks me over very carefully. (What he saw was a bear of a man of 51, with bushy sideburns, a beret, a fur-lined short overcoat and an easel under his arm.) Then he calls someone on the telephone and says, "There is a Mr. Pilto out here who says he has to paint the president.' The voice inside says, 'Oh, you mean Mr. Pietro. Tell him to come in.' Pay No Attention "Pilto. Pietro. Anyway, I am escorted to the president's office where I 'set up my easel and sketch. Many men come in and sit down around his desk. They talk about the Congo. They pay no attention to me. "The photographers come n and take Mr. Kennedy's picture. Smiling. They pay no attention to the painter in the corner. "I fill my sketch pads with my felt pen. The eyes—each is different you know. The nose. The telephone. If only this man would sit still for a few minutes." Annigoni has gone back to Florence, where he has a "bot- tega" or school of apprentices who grind his colors, help with backgrounds and learn his techniques without charge. . . . And where the sitters sit! Chinese Scientists Told to Do Better HONG KONG —iJP)— Vice Premier Chen Yi of Red China says the nation's scientists must rejuvenate themselves in order to catch up with other nations. He told a meeting of scientists, in Peiping that "China's scientific technology is backward," the Communist newspapers Ta Kung Pao and Wen Wei Po reported in a dispatch from the Red capital. Church Will Repeat Rites on Wednesday NEW YORK —m— Central Presbyterian Church is going to hold services Wednesday nights identical to those held on Sunday morning. There will be the same sermon, same hymns, full choir and same liturgy for persons who couldn't or didn't get to the Sunday service. I The church will start the i repeat services next week on a trial basis until Easter at I least. jAllot Funds to Build iTruax Chape! Annex i CINCINNATI —{JP)~ Air I Force headquarters has released approximately $76,000 for building a chapel annex at Truax Field, Madison, Wis., Col. James F. Carney, U.S. Air Force regional civil engineer, Ohio River, announced : Saturday. From sketches like these, Annigoni painted his controversial portrait of John F. Kennedy. U. S. Being Out-maneuvered in U. N., Says GOP Chairman WASHINGTON —{/P)—The United States is being "outvoted, out-maneuvered and out-propagandized" in the United Nations, says Republican National Chairman William E. Miller. He told a cheering conservative group that if the situation continues, the United States must "take a whole new look-see" at the United Nations. Miller, a New York congressman, spoke at the third semi-annual Political Action Conference sponsored by a conservative newsletter, "Human Events." The conference, attended by more than 500, ends today with speeches by Sen. John Tower, R-Texas, and Reps. Durward G. Hall, R-Mo., Bob Wilson, R-Calif., and John J. Rhodes, R-Ariz. Democrat Bows Out The only Democrat listed on the program was Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina and he bowed out Friday due to a sore throat. Miller blistered President Kennedy's foreign and domestic policies. Referring to Kennedy's proposal that the United States buy half of a $200 million bond issue to pay U.N. debts incurred in Congo operations. Miller asked: "If none of the other countries want to support the U. N., what good is it for us?" Berlin Wall Miller also repeated his contention that the wall dividing East and West Berlin should have been "knocked down ... bit by bit" when East German police erected it. Calling for the election of opponents to "socialized welfare programs," Miller noted that the majority rules and added: "If 51 per cent of the people want to be federally born, federally housed, federally subsidized, and finally buried in a federal box, they are going to get it." TOURIST SUM FORECAST Great- Britain estimates it will derive about $254,800,000 in 1962 from American tourist traffic. 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By the time he was patched up and signed an assault complaint with the district attorney, ex-airman Harding was long gone and headed for his home in Viriginia. quires all able-bodied relief recipients to report each month for a review of their cases. Among those voided were rules requiring able-bodied men to work on public projects if they were unable to find employment, and cutting off aid to women continuing to have children out of wedlock. .Justice Doscher held that the Newburgh regulations violated state and federal welfare rules. He also dismissed a motion by the city to dismiss the state attorney general's complaint under which the injunction was issued. The city attorney has said he will recommend to the Newburgh City Council that no appeal be carried to higher courts. RACINE SUNDAY BULLETIN Jan. 7, 1962 Sec. 2, Page 1 Japan Eyes Idea of Asia Common Mart TOKYO —(/?)— The Ja[)a- ncse government fa\'ors the creation of a body to study the possibilities of establishing an "Asian Common Market," the news agency Kyodo Scud Saturday. Japan will make the proposal at the Bangkok meeting of the Economic Commission! for Asia and Tar East starting; Jan. 10, the agency said. State Spending $450 per Pupil WASHINGTON — (^P) — Wisconsin is spending $450 this year for each pupil in average daily attendance in 'public schools from kinder- 'garten through the 12th I grade, compared with the na- jtional average of $414. ' The figures were supplied Saturday by the National Education Association (NEA) in its annual survey "Estimates of School Statistics, 196162." The average salary of Wisconsin classroom teachers, 'the NEA said, is $5,400, compared with the national ;average of $5,527, an increase of $252 nationally over last year. 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