There is twilight language in the White House, and I'm not sure President Donald Trump even realized it.
Donald Trump has hung an Andy Thomas painting of past Republican presidents hanging out with Donald Trump in the Trump White House. As 60 Minutes documented, Thomas’ The Republican Club was there, in the background of the dining room.
The classy version has the following as a precursor: Porcelain of Capodimonte: Game Poker. The creation of Bari. Master Volta.
Andy Thomas' The Republican Club, with President Trump.
Grand Ol' Gang.
Callin' the Blue.
Thomas' previous Republican paintings.
True Blues - Democratic Presidents
Callin' The Red
Thomas' The Democratic Club (directly above) and other paintings are populated by Democratic Presidents.
But someone else is coming to join them.
Who is that?
Some feel that Andy Thomas painted Senator Kamala Harris in the background (at least for the Democrats).
There’s a shadowy female figure approaching the table, just as there is in his most recent painting of Democratic presidents playing poker, “The Democratic Club.” Thomas explained the symbolism on his website:
“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.A woman who walks up to Donald Trump’s table without throwing a drink in his face is probably not going to be a great president, but kudos to Thomas for sneaking a feminist message into Donald Trump’s Presidential Dining Room. In the past, Frederick Judd Waugh’s Rough Sea at Bailey’s Island, Maine, hung on that wall. (Source.)
Before that, Alvan Fisher’s Indian Guides hung there, under both Obama and Bush:
Of course, this entire discussion has recalled other paintings of poker players, as follows.
Critic Annette Ferrara has described Dogs Playing Poker as "indelibly burned into ... the American collective-schlock subconscious ... through incessant reproduction on all manner of pop ephemera."
The first painting, Coolidge's 1894 Poker Game (above), realized $658,000 at a Sotheby's New York sale on November 18, 2015.
Poker or pool with dogs paintings are linked to the Andy Thomas paintings of politicians playing poker or pool.
The female approaching motif shows that soon this will change the whole male club atmosphere.
From John Wilkes "Booth's point of view," notes artist Jeffrey Vallance. Vallance also posted the following composite image using Thomas' Lincoln view.
Andy Thomas is a well-known artist of Western scenes.
Fight at the Watering Hole.
Wild Bill's Last Deal.
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