Skip to comments.The art of George W. Bush
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 Presidents 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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"Meanwhile, Jimmy Carter is feeding villages and curing diseases...
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.
Never knew this.
Is there any record of Obama actually doing anything? Good for Pres.Bush.
Winston Churchill painted too...
I'm not sure but I think I've seen it written somewhere that he can roll his own................
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.
Pain = paint.
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.
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.
His paintings now sell for up to $2 million although like Piscasso it's more about the painter than the paint.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
He did. I wonder if he later changed his opinion?
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.
I absolutely agree.
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.
I see the horse’s ass, but who’s the black guy supposed to be?
I’d looked for his painting of Obama, but then remembered that Bush only painted world leaders.
It’s not an MG. Looks Russian.
But hey, it's a pastime.
I see the horse’s ass and a magnificent horse being reared
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.
He will be remembered for hugging the fireman on the rubble pile and conquering Baghdad
Few have conquered Baghdad
With serious training Bush has potential.
Reggie Love at age 50.
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.
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...)
Obama campaigns with a teleprompter telling him what to say.
Good for you GWB! You captured their expressions and that is difficult. Keep it up!
better than what I can do
> Now let’s list Obozo’s personal accomplishments: (crickets, I hear nothing but crickets...)
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
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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.
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. :-)
He reminds me of Mads Mikkelsen, in the TV show Hannibal.
The wonderful thing about art is viewing the world through other’s eyes. The paintings are very revealing.
Looks like he is a better painter than a President.
Here you go.