- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Turns out there really could be a Rembrandt trapped in President George W. Bush.

The artwork of the 43rd president will go on display at a special exhibit this spring at his presidential library in Texas.

The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Southern Methodist University will open “The Art of Leadership: A President’s Personal Diplomacy” in April, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Two dozen never-before-seen paintings by Mr. Bush will be the highlight at the exhibit, which “will focus on foreign policy and Bush’s relationships with world leaders.”

Mr. Bush has kept a relatively low profile since leaving office in January 2009, but has sparked fascination from both supporters and detractors with his new hobby.

In an appearance on The Tonight Show earlier this year, he presented former host Jay Leno with a personally painted portrait of Mr. Leno and said he was inspired to try out painting after reading an essay by Winston Churchill.

“There’s a Rembrandt trapped in this body,” Mr. Bush said he told his instructor. “Your job is to find it.”

Mr. Bush had told the Morning News that with his new hobby, he takes “great delight in busting stereotypes.”

“People are surprised,” he said. “Of course, some people are surprised I can even read.”

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