The world’s most famous politicians who painted
POLITICIANS are gentle souls who like to create. Some make art. We’ve noticed a few of them:
Dwight D. Eisenhower
“I have a lot of fun since I took it up, in my somewhat miserable way, your hobby of painting. I have had no instruction, have no talent, and certainly have no justification for covering nice, white canvas with the kind of daubs that seem constantly to spring from my brushes. Nevertheless, I like it tremendously, and in fact, have produced two or three things that I like enough to keep.” – DE
“Whether you feel that your soul is pleased by the conception of contemplation of harmonies, or that your mind is stimulated by the aspect of magnificent problems, or whether you are content to find fun in trying to observe and depict the jolly things you see, the vistas of possibility are limited only by the shortness of life. Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb,” – Churchill
Britain’s Sir Winston Churchill takes time out from the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, to do a little painting. Picture date: August 13, 1949.
Former Prime Minister Winston Churchill painting in Monte Carlo
Richard Sampson, 49, a supermarket owner from Auburn, Maine, with a painting by the late Sir Winston Churchill which he purchased for 9,500 guineas ($27,930) in an auction at Christie’s, London on Nov. 12, 1965. Bidding for the picture, which is a view of Mimizan, Landes, painted abut 1928, opened at 2,000 guineas. Mr. Sampson said after the sale that he was prepared to bid as high as 28,000 guineas.
“I am an artist and not a politician. Once the Polish question is settled, I want to end my life as an artist.” – A. Hitler
The painting sold for charity in 2009.