They’re being mocked—of course!—by those who can’t stand him. And they were obtained illegally by a hacker and published in the press, continuing in the tradition of violating the privacy of hated Republicans and protecting almost everything about Obama that he doesn’t want you to know. But some unfinished paintings by former president George W. Bush are surprisingly good, in my opinion.
And just plain surprising. Why? These, unlike his portrait of First Dog Barney, show an unconventional painterly perspective of some sophistication, unusual in a new painter (which Bush is). The criticism (his perspective is wrong! how jejune, to paint bathroom scenes!) is absurd: ever since some time in the early 20th century, art has often played with perspective, and scenes at the toilette have been a standard theme in art for centuries.
Here they are—and remember, they’re unfinished: