Post #291 • June 3, 2004, 6:45 AM • 7 Comments
I seem to remember Bill Clinton being lauded for having a certain amount of aesthetic taste; I can find references to his selection of Childe Hassam's Avenue in the Rain to hang in the Oval Office. I wondered, what art did Shrub bring in? A 2001 report from the Guardian says:
Medallions and busts of Democrat presidents Franklin D Roosevelt and Harry S Truman have been ousted, but the following artworks have been retained: Rembrandt Peel's [sic] portrait of George Washington in his Continental Army outfit; Fred Remington's sculpture, The Bronco Buster; Thomas Moran's epic landscape, The Three Tetons; and a Norman Rockwell oil depicting the outstretched arm of the Statue of Liberty.
Bush has added a painting of a small boy fishing from a bridge, and another of a man on horseback.
Is this art by some shlock artist, or Thomas Eakins? I'd be grateful if someone could settle this for me.