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The 10 Most Interesting Paintings of US Presidents

by Paul Laster
Government buildings and presidential libraries around the country are full of official portraits of our presidents. While some of them are noteworthy, most are boring pictures painted by hacks. Wi...

    The 10 Most Interesting Paintings of US Presidents

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    ROBBIE CONAL Contradiction [Ronald Reagan], 1988 Oil on canvas 53 x 40 inches

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    My birthday is April 27th too! Very cool. :)

  • Devin Gardner

    Grant was a good general... not a good president. His administration was fraught with corruption and scandal.

  • Rachel

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