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The portraits that include everyone from a grim-looking Russian President Vladimir Putin to a smiling likeness of the late Czech playwright and President Vaclav Havel are part of an exhibit opening Saturday at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas. He even did a self-portrait.
The exhibit called "The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy" runs through June 3.
In an introductory video to the exhibit, Bush says that painting the portraits let him convey his feelings about the subjects.
Bush started painting in 2012. The exhibit also includes gifts given to Bush by many of the world leaders, along with photographs.
I'm a strong Democrat but have to say I really like W's paintings.He has really captured something about each subject, good job.
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When I was a kid, I couldn't understand why Eisenhower was so popular. Maybe this will explain why. General Eisenhower Warned Us. [ It is a matter of history that when the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, General Dwight Eisenhower, found the victims of the death camps he ordered all possible photographs to be taken, and for the German people from surrounding villages to be ushered through the camps and even made to bury the dead. He did this because he said in words to this effect: 'Get it all on record now - get the films - get the witnesses - because somewhere down the road of history some bastard will get up and say that this never happened' This week, the UK debated whether to remove The Holocaust from its school curriculum because it 'offends' the Muslim population which claims it never occurred. It is not removed as yet. However, this is a frightening portent of the fear that is gripping the world and how easily each country is giving into it. It is now more than 60 years after the Second World War in Europe ended. This e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain, in memory of the, six million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians, and 1,900 Catholic priests Who were 'murdered, raped, burned, starved, beaten, experimented on and humiliated' while many in the world looked the other way! Now, more than ever, with Iran , among others, claiming the Holocaust to be 'a myth,' it is imperative to make sure the world never forgets. [ This e-mail is intended to reach 400 million people! Be a link in the memorial chain and help distribute this around the world. How many years will it be before the attack on the World Trade Center 'NEVER HAPPENED', Because it offends some Muslims??? FREEDOM ISN'T FREE...SOMEONE HAD TO PAY FOR IT!--
Mr Bush should have plenty of time in prison, with Rumsfeld, Rice and Cheney as convicted war criminals. Are you kidding me! They lied to the American people and the world to invade countries not related at all to 9/11.......their decisions have killed and maned hundreds of thousands of people. Enjoy your paint time in prison....that is where you and your team belong!
"WAR CRIMES "
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Damn, don't these people ever go away. We have suffered W. for eight years as president and now he is back? I guess that I will go hide under a blanket once more until this passes. Also, Palin is crawling out of the dirt once again. It should be an easy time for Ms. Hillary!
I am not an art critic,but I think they are very good.
For somene who had not painted before, he is quite good at capturing the likenesses of his subjects.One piece of advice..................................please use different frames to accentuate color and form. What a difference this would make!
GREAT PICTURES- WISH I COULD DO THAT GOOD. GREAT HOBBY. CAROL FROM AZ.
Art is in the eye of the beholder. For those who say they are amateurish, that's because President Bush is an amateur artist. As an artist, I find his paintings to be quite well done. Profiles are the most difficult to paint. The views stated are more political than cultural. Look beyond your politics when you judge the president's paintings. Leave your anger and hate at the door!
oh stop those are paint by numbers & we all know it...lol....I would paint a few more years before putting them up for public viewing...lol...& I like Bush , liked his pops more better...lol....you go George if you like paint by number kits you rock em Mr Prez!
I was judging, not Bush's 'art', but the (1) self-indulgent use of his retirement compared with his far more productive predecessors and (2) the irony of his indolent uselessness compared with the forced inactivity of his war victims. Defending amateur art by declaring it produced by an amateur doesn't make it art. It is, in fact, unnuanced, expressionless, lifeless pap.
guess they'll make a god out of him one way or another.......he was a failed president....but wait he's the reincarnation of Picasso....