President Donald Trump has added a new painting of himself to the White House Oval Office, and just … wow. We’d always considered his home decor choices a bit over the top (gold drapes, gold rugs, gold everything), but his taste in artwork is, well, just take a look.
The painting, which was spotted in the background during the president’s recent “60 Minutes” interview, shows a slimmed-down Trump having a drink with past Republican presidents, including Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush.
Titled “The Republican Club,” the painting was created by Andy Thomas and given to Trump by U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa.
Issa, a Republican from California, is a fan of Thomas’ work. But Thomas’ talents aren’t reserved for the GOP—he also painted “Democratic Presidents Playing Pool,” artwork featuring former Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and others.
The painting’s surprising debut on “60 Minutes” inspired a slew of scathing commentary, from “Oh my god, it’s in the White House” to “Is it on a black velvet background?” It’s been called “kitschy,” “tacky,” and even reminiscent of the painting “Dogs Playing Poker,” by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge. See any resemblance below?
Although art aficionados might wince when gazing at the White House’s newest wall decor, there’s more going on in this painting than meets the eye at first glance. Here are a few more shockers.
Trump is drinking a Coke
Although most of the presidents in this picture appear to be boozing it up, not so Trump, who’s drinking a Diet Coke. How do we know it’s diet? Because he drinks 12 cans of it a day, duh.
Trump was hard to paint
According to the Daily Beast, Thomas admitted that Trump was “hard to paint” due to his skin tone and smile. Nonetheless, Trump was pleased by the results, and even called the artist to thank him.
“He made a comment that he’d seen a lot of paintings of himself and he rarely liked them,” Thomas said.
And, hey, if you like this painting, you can have your very own! You can order a print of “The Republican Club” for as little as $155; the artist even sells his work as coffee mugs or puzzles.
It contains a hidden feminist message
Most shocking of all is that although the painting oozes “old boys’ club” vibes, Thomas points out that it also contains a “subtle feminist message.” Can you spot it? Give up?
Here goes: Up above Reagan, a woman looms in the background. (A similarly shadowy female figure haunts the background of “Democratic Presidents Playing Pool.”)
As Thomas explained to Time, “That will be the first Republican female president and the first Democratic female president. … As I was doing the painting, I was thinking that these guys are kind of intimidating in a way. That’s the kind of woman that will be our first woman president; she’ll walk right up to that table.”
Here’s to hoping he’s right—and that Trump would offer her a Diet Coke.