Friday, February 15, 2013


WHO KNEW?

Greatest Living President 
is Also Fantastic Painter

"George W. Bush in the Bathtub" by George W. Bush

"George W. Bush in the Shower" by George W. Bush

February 8, 2013 12:23 pm

The illegal hacking of Bush family email accounts had an unanticipated consequence, The Smoking Gun reports:
“The hacker also intercepted photos that George W. Bush e-mailed two months ago to his sister showing paintings that he was working on, including self-portraits of him showering and in a bathtub. Another image shows the former president painting at the family’s Maine retreat. His subject is St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, a historic seaside chapel down the road from the sprawling Kennebunkport compound.”
The paintings demonstrate a command of line and color that is rarely seen in the modern-day “art” world. Former President George W. Bush appears to be influenced by such painters as Edgar Degas  and Edouard Manet. The portraits also clearly capture the personality of their subject.

26 comments:

Curt Fouts said...

Vincent van Gogh immediately came to my mind when I saw his work.

I like it!

Ducky's here said...

His subdued palette clearly reflects Caravaggio though he hasn't learned to be as expressive.

-FJ said...

The subject matter leaves a bit to be desired. ;)

-FJ said...

All Narcissus needs is an Echo.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Clearly, Dubya could give this guy a lesson or two.

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FreeThinke said...

"Clearly, Dubya could give this guy a lesson or two."

Just as you doubtless might benefit from tutelage by Gaston Lachaise or Brancusi -- and I by Paul Hindemith or Benjamin Britten. ;-)

Aren't you astounded that dear old Dubya paints AT ALL?

I certainly was.

FreeThinke said...

"His subdued palette clearly reflects Caravaggio though he hasn't learned to be as expressive."

A most interesting comparison, Ducky!

I have to admit there IS a certain integrity to what she's done, AND it has the virtue of simplicity.

FreeThinke said...

None of us were "supposed" to know anything about Dubya's artistic endeavors, FJ. These pictures came to us via an apparent HACKING, ergo, I doubt there's a whole lot of vanity involved.

Thersites said...

If you say so, Pygmalion.

Ducky's here said...

Bonnard !

Shaw nailed it.

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Shaw Kenawe said...

Mr. Free Thinke, do you have a blog email?

FreeThinke said...

Yes, I do, Ms. Shaw.

I never use it, but you're welcome to try to reach me at FreeThinke@gmail.com.

Currently there are hundreds and hundreds of "Anonymous comments piled up at that address. I suppose I ought to attend to them.

I look forward to hearing from YOU very soon.

~ FreeThinke

Jen Nifer said...

I think it's fantastic that he paints. It doesn't surprise me though.

FJ, we paint, write, photo, draw what we know. So? :-)

Anonymous said...

He's good. At least the bathtub picture is good. The shower picture isn't as good. I think he's attracted to the visual effects of water, steam, how his legs disappear and then re-emerge etc. Nothing wrong with that. Subject is never the most important thing in art anyway.

Always On Watch said...

FT,
I delete hundreds of spam comments from my email account every day. I have learned to delete them en masse by clicking the box next to each spam email, then hitting the delete icon at the top of the screen.

Walk A Mile In My Shoes said...

They look pretty good to me . A lot better than some of the work that I've seen in some art galleries.

-FJ said...

FJ, we paint, write, photo, draw what we know. So?

So... nothing. Perhaps if we were to be informed that he has painted landscapes, or other subjects, my opinion would not be so harsh. But if 100% of his known works are self-portraits and autobiographical...

And Sir Winston Churchill was a wonderful painter... but his "subjects" were many and varied.

FreeThinke said...

Certainly true that about Sir Winston. I visited Chartwell in 1981 and consequently the studio where many of his canvases hang.

I remember being tremendously impressed by the high quality and great scope of Churchill's work.

I'm sure if I had seen these same pictures in a gallery signed with another name, I would have been just as favorably impressed.

Churchill was also an amateur bricklayer. His efforts in that direction are far less successful than his paintings.

Chartwell, itself, is a beautiful home -- and it IS a home not a palace. I loved being there. That visit remains a continuing source of inspiration and a good influence on my own domestic surroundings.

Thersites said...

I will say that for self portraits, the subject matter is very self depracating... as if to say, "I'm just a regular guy".

But I don't believe that he should have to think of himself as such or believe that others would want to think of him as such. He has done extraordinary things. He should be appreciated for being "more" than just an average shmuck.

I'm not saying that he should "put on airs", as Obama does. But he is worthy of a little more "respect" than a painting of his legs in a bath tub offer.

Waylon said...

George W. Bush's artistic talent takes a distant second place to his brilliant insight into the American economy : "this sucker could fall".

That's after about 8 years of his "conservative" leadership and the first phase of "saving the economy" with Henry Paulson was near at hand.

Ducky's here said...

I remember being tremendously impressed by the high quality and great scope of Churchill's work.

----
Stick to music.

He was a competent Sunday painter.

Thersites said...

Just as you are a competent Sunday photographer, duckman.

Just don't quit your day job. ..

Oh wait, its' film! ;)

FreeThinke said...

To Our Dear Canardo



Grating on our nerves with irksome quacking

Offered in a bilious spirit vile

Find better occupation than this hacking.

Use your time for something more worthwhile.
Could you for once relent, and quit your jeering?

Kindergarten kids show better manners.

Your comments sound too often like Bronx cheering.

Oh why must you into our works throw spanners --

Using childish taunts and gibes and sneers?
Regale us please, instead, with something merry.

Surprise us after all these noisome years.
Entertain -- enlighten -- serve some Sherry --
Let your mind subject itself to scouring

Filth away that keeps you dark and glowering.



Love,

FT

Always On Watch said...

FT,
LOL to that acrostic!