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The art of George W. Bush
politico ^ | 4 April 14 | Adam Sneed

Posted on 04/06/2014 2:56:02 AM PDT by SkyPilot

Former President George W. Bush has painted dozens of portraits of world leaders he worked with while in office. His paintings are on public display for the first time at "The Art of Leadership: A President’s Personal Diplomacy,” an exhibit at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas. Before the exhibit opened, Bush said none of the leaders in his display had seen their portraits, but he predicted they would react favorably.


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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: art; gwbush; library; president
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The comments from the Bush haters at Politico are pretty funny:

"Meanwhile, Jimmy Carter is feeding villages and curing diseases...

Lol!

It's fun to see them go crazy with hate.

The artwork isn't great - but, hey! I am glad he is enjoying himself in retirement. Compared to Obama, GW Bush was heavenly.

By the way, does anyone know what car this is in the lower right hand photo? It appears to be Bush and Putin driving around the Texas ranch.

It it an early MGB with a hard top?

Any car guys how know, please respond. Thanks.

1 posted on 04/06/2014 2:56:02 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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OK, just found a better photo.


2 posted on 04/06/2014 2:57:35 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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I just read it was Putin's car - a Volgas.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/dec/22/vladimir-putin-wealth-russian-election

3 posted on 04/06/2014 2:59:18 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

Neat.

Never knew this.


4 posted on 04/06/2014 3:00:05 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: SkyPilot
Personnly, I think it's great


5 posted on 04/06/2014 3:06:00 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: SkyPilot

Is there any record of Obama actually doing anything? Good for Pres.Bush.


6 posted on 04/06/2014 3:06:41 AM PDT by Octar
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To: SkyPilot

Winston Churchill painted too...


7 posted on 04/06/2014 3:14:51 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Octar
Is there any record of Obama actually doing anything?

I'm not sure but I think I've seen it written somewhere that he can roll his own................

8 posted on 04/06/2014 3:19:57 AM PDT by varon (Para bellum)
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To: SkyPilot

Technically they aren’t great, but damn if they don’t say something about their subjects. It’s like he tried to pain their souls rather than their faces.


9 posted on 04/06/2014 3:35:51 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Pain = paint.


10 posted on 04/06/2014 3:36:19 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: SkyPilot

Tucker Carlson was recounting how he was seated next to a fairly well-known artist/art-critic who told him although he hates W and everything he stands for - he is quite a good artist.


11 posted on 04/06/2014 3:41:43 AM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: Octar

Is there any record of Obama actually doing anything? Good for Pres.Bush.

Yes. Obama golfs, campaigns and well, I can’t think of anything else he does.


12 posted on 04/06/2014 3:51:52 AM PDT by ruesrose (The Anchor Holds)
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To: Tennessee Nana
Winston Churchill painted too...

His paintings now sell for up to $2 million although like Piscasso it's more about the painter than the paint.

13 posted on 04/06/2014 4:01:04 AM PDT by Reeses
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To: Slings and Arrows

Didn’t Bush say that he had looked into Pooty-poot’s soul and found it good, or something of that nature?

Despite that, he managed to capture those lifeless killer’s eyes in that portrait.


14 posted on 04/06/2014 4:06:12 AM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: Reeses

He wrote a fine essay about Painting as a Pastime as well. Everyone here should read that. It’s an amazing and inspiring little essay, as you would expect from WSC.

I think these portraits are pretty good. I would encourage W to keep working, dig deeper and stick with it. In the end, he might do a few that are truly great...he certainly has plenty of life experience to draw from to put into his portraits.


15 posted on 04/06/2014 4:22:59 AM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: SkyPilot
"Meanwhile, Jimmy Carter is feeding villages and curing diseases...

Laughing because if liberals want to start a conversation about art and include the private lives of the artists in their critique of the work at hand... let's just say that is one they'll lose over and over again.

Art is what it is. The artist is who he/she is. The value of their art really should not hinge on who they are. If it does, liberals won't have much to hang on their walls pretty soon.

For the record, I like some of his work, and can see a lot of progress. Good for Mr. Bush.

16 posted on 04/06/2014 4:29:33 AM PDT by mountainbunny (Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens” J.R.R. Tolkien)
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To: JoeProBono

I think you chose the best one, for sure. W definitely captured some magic there in that Putin one. It is the best, and you are right: it says a lot.

He needs to worry a little less about exactitude. We have photographers for that...

I think all of us have to be impressed by the portrait of GHWB as well. In all seriousness (and we are all Reagan people here, not Bush people, that’s a given), but...how can we fail to appreciate the fact that one President did a portrait of another? And the painter also happened to be President?

That is really something. It is something to celebrate and ponder.


17 posted on 04/06/2014 4:29:52 AM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: Octar

Good to see the human side of Bush. Didn’t know he played guitar either. I think he gets a bad rap. I refer to him as the wrong place, wrong time president because of 911. Had that not happened I think he would have been able to concentrate his efforts more positively and probably not signed off on the Patriot Act which he gets a lot of heat for.


18 posted on 04/06/2014 4:49:06 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: dsc

He did. I wonder if he later changed his opinion?


19 posted on 04/06/2014 4:54:07 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: SkyPilot

Just looked it up, it’s a volga model GAZ 21 of a style produced during 1962 to 1970. It had either a straight 6 or straight 4 and a three speed manual trans. It also came standard with a heater and radio. This was about as nice a car you could get: most could not afford them. Most could only afford the POS ladas. But if you’re an up and coming KGB Colonel you could afford it, apparently.

CC


20 posted on 04/06/2014 4:55:08 AM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Technically they aren’t great, but damn if they don’t say something about their subjects. It’s like he tried to pain their souls rather than their faces.

I absolutely agree.

21 posted on 04/06/2014 5:01:31 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: Celtic Conservative

The only thing odumbo has ever “painted” is misery and gloom all over our country with his never ending lies, failed policies, massive over spending (personal and otherwise) and his never ending drive to divide this once great nation.

Personally, I would like to see him hung for treason and none too soon I might add.


22 posted on 04/06/2014 5:02:46 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: Celtic Conservative
It had either a straight 6 or straight 4 and a three speed manual trans. It also came standard with a heater and radio. This was about as nice a car you could get: most could not afford them. Most could only afford the POS ladas. I guess having a car with a straight 6 back then was really something. I saw a show about the 2 cylinder cars the Communist nations used to turn out. Wow. Just wow.
23 posted on 04/06/2014 5:04:01 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: ConservativeDude
Maybe this is the kind of art Obama will paint in retirement.


24 posted on 04/06/2014 5:06:05 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

I see the horse’s ass, but who’s the black guy supposed to be?


25 posted on 04/06/2014 5:07:32 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: SkyPilot

I’d looked for his painting of Obama, but then remembered that Bush only painted world leaders.


26 posted on 04/06/2014 5:09:49 AM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: SkyPilot

It’s not an MG. Looks Russian.


27 posted on 04/06/2014 5:11:32 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Stop wishing for a perfect world. You may get it. Who will you talk to then?)
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To: SkyPilot
To paraphrase Andy Bernard, "that art is bad."

But hey, it's a pastime.

28 posted on 04/06/2014 5:11:36 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: ClearCase_guy

I see the horse’s ass and a magnificent horse being reared


29 posted on 04/06/2014 5:14:12 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: SkyPilot

The article I was reading about the Volga was you had to be “connected” e.g. you had to know somebody or be somebody important to get one of them. most if they could afford them could only afford the moskovitch or lada which came with three or four cylinder engines. Or if you were really desperate an imported east German trabant which had an air cooled 2 cylinder 2 cycle engine and a cheap resin- plastic body.

CC


30 posted on 04/06/2014 5:15:55 AM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: jsanders2001

He will be remembered for hugging the fireman on the rubble pile and conquering Baghdad

Few have conquered Baghdad


31 posted on 04/06/2014 5:18:45 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: Psalm 73

With serious training Bush has potential.


32 posted on 04/06/2014 5:21:52 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: ClearCase_guy

Reggie Love at age 50.


33 posted on 04/06/2014 5:24:45 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: ClearCase_guy
Horse is stolen from T. Gericault's painting of a Napoleonic chasseur.


34 posted on 04/06/2014 5:26:55 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ecce Crucem Domini, fugite partes adversae. Vicit Leo de Tribu Iuda, Radix David, Alleluia!)
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To: Conspiracy Guy; Celtic Conservative
It’s not an MG. Looks Russian.

Thanks - you are correct. Celtic Conservative correctly confirmed that.

The first picture I saw (next to the painting in GW Bush library) was sort of small, so I took a guess.

I thought it kind of looked like this.


35 posted on 04/06/2014 5:28:01 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: jsanders2001
"Didn’t know he played guitar either."

Speaks a foreign language. Paints. Plays an instrument. Has flown jet fighters. Rides horses. Avid reader. Biblically literate. College athlete (rugby, baseball).

Now let's list Obozo's personal accomplishments: (crickets, I hear nothing but crickets...)

36 posted on 04/06/2014 5:42:54 AM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: SkyPilot
I loved his painting of Leno:

some text

37 posted on 04/06/2014 5:57:10 AM PDT by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: ruesrose

Obama campaigns with a teleprompter telling him what to say.


38 posted on 04/06/2014 5:58:06 AM PDT by tillacum
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To: SkyPilot

Good for you GWB! You captured their expressions and that is difficult. Keep it up!


39 posted on 04/06/2014 6:11:39 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: SkyPilot

better than what I can do


40 posted on 04/06/2014 6:29:35 AM PDT by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: Psalm 73

> Now let’s list Obozo’s personal accomplishments: (crickets, I hear nothing but crickets...)

Accomplished liar
Extremely well versed in deception. Proof: fooled wife of 20 + years that he’s straight
Destruction of a nation
Excellent fleibility proven by his bowing skills with foreign leaders
Can turn anything he touches to crap
Fly catcher (probably as a result if above)
Very good at looking like a doofus on a bicyle

So see he has accomplished much


41 posted on 04/06/2014 6:30:13 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: jsanders2001

you forgot superb NCAA basketball bracket guru </sarc>


42 posted on 04/06/2014 6:40:13 AM PDT by xp38
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To: xp38

> you forgot superb NCAA basketball bracket guru </sarc>

: )


43 posted on 04/06/2014 6:46:34 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: SkyPilot

Now we know what GWB was doing instead of vetoing large spending bills, fighting back on attacks on his integrity, and signing the campaign spending bill while saying it was unconstitutional, but the SCOTUS would take care of it... he was painting.


44 posted on 04/06/2014 6:59:15 AM PDT by kenmcg
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To: Slings and Arrows

Well Bush uses a stylized approach to his portraits. Its very interesting. He’s actually not bad. I think he has caught the essence of Putey. :-)


45 posted on 04/06/2014 8:23:07 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: JoeProBono

He reminds me of Mads Mikkelsen, in the TV show Hannibal.


46 posted on 04/06/2014 8:28:52 AM PDT by rabidralph
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To: rabidralph


47 posted on 04/06/2014 8:33:08 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: SkyPilot

The wonderful thing about art is viewing the world through other’s eyes. The paintings are very revealing.


48 posted on 04/06/2014 8:38:05 AM PDT by huldah1776
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To: SkyPilot

Looks like he is a better painter than a President.


49 posted on 04/06/2014 8:39:25 AM PDT by Sawdring
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To: lonevoice

Here you go.


50 posted on 04/06/2014 9:24:32 AM PDT by Pride in the USA
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