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Want to see some of George W. Bush’s portraits of world leaders? Of course you do.

How has former president George W. Bush been spending his time out of office? By painting, of course.

We've long known of Bush's exploration of his artistic side. But now we get to see the results. Bush is unveiling more than two dozen portraits of world leaders for an exhibit called "The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy" at Southern Methodist University. Of his painting, Bush told his daughter Jenna Bush Hager: "There’s a Rembrandt trapped in this body."

While neither SMU nor the Bush library will release close-ups of all of the portraits (booooo!), they did send us a handful of images that show off Bush's artistic stylings. Our favorite? Putin, natch.

1. Putin. Vladimir Putin. (Has a little Picasso feel, no?)


Photo by Kim Leeson for the George W. Bush Presidential Center

2.  British Prime Minister Tony Blair 


Photo by Kim Leeson for the George W. Bush Presidential Center

3. French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Mohammed bin Zayed, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, and the former president of South Korea, Lee Myung-bak. 


Photo by Kim Leeson for the George W. Bush Presidential Center

4. That's Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, on the far left....


Photo by Kim Leeson for the George W. Bush Presidential Center

5. Hamid Karzai


Photo by Kim Leeson for the George W. Bush Presidential Center

 

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RELATED: Presidential art throughout the years 

 

Chris Cillizza writes “The Fix,” a politics blog for the Washington Post. He also covers the White House.

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