The illegal hacking of email addresses of George W. Bush's family members has revealed paintings that appear to be the work of the former president himself. The Washington Free Beacon says the "The paintings demonstrate a command of line and color that is rarely seen in the modern-day 'art' world."
The Huffington Post, however, compares Bush's paintings to Hitler's:
Many hailed the unveiling of former President George W. Bush's official portrait in May as a rare moment of bipartisanship in a notoriously divided town. But the photos of Bush's self-portraits published by The Smoking Gun Thursday night were met with confusion rather than cheers.
The paintings, obtained by hackers who gained access to Bush's sister's email account and several others, show the former president in the shower and in a bathtub. A photo of Bush painting a chapel was also released.
Art experts and critics contacted by The Huffington Post were perplexed by the images. ...
Jack Fischer, who has an eponymous gallery in San Francisco, compared the interest in the Bush paintings to Adolf Hitler's work in art school, while making it clear that he was only comparing the two artistically, not historically.
"What immediately comes to mind is Hitler's paintings and the immediate brouhaha that that caused," he said. "There's this peculiar sort of interest in a famous figure having painted."