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03/22/2013 09:45 am ET | Updated Mar 22, 2013

George Bush Paintings Revealed In Email Hack

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Just when we thought former President George W. Bush's artistic saga couldn't get any better, Gawker recently revealed a whole new batch of Dubya's paintings. The images, taken from Bush family accounts by the illustrious hacker, Guccifer, reveal a whole new spectrum of GWB subject matter, from a verdant golf course to a cow-donkey hybrid.

Don't worry, there are still plenty of dogs (and cats!) to see here, including a Shih Tzu, a boxer, a sheepdog, a corgi and a labrador. The pièce de résistance of canine portraits is a painting of a tragic-looking dog sitting next to window that overlooks the White House, separated from the former Bush home by a set of heavy black bars. How would Bonnie Flood, Bush's former painting teacher, explain this?

We're not sure. The Atlantic has proposed that the images are actually more self-portraits, speculating that the ex-president is channeling his own inner anguish through his series of pups. New York Magazine thinks there is more to the painting's symbolism as well, though we remain skeptical.

While we all mull over the wonder that is the 43rd president's considerable collection of paintings scroll through the slideshow below to get a taste of how art critics across the web have characterized Bush's beloved works. Let us know your critique of his oeuvre in the comments, and see the images on Gawker.

The Bush Paintings: A Look Back At The Reviews

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