Winston Churchill

Love art and history?  Winston Churchill was not just a great statesman, he was an artist.  In an essay written in the 1920s (which would become part of a small book, Painting as a Pastime), Churchill said “Painting came to my rescue in a most trying time.”  The hour-long documentary, Churchill: Blood, Sweat and Oil Paint,  explores the connections between Churchill’s public career as a politician and his private passion for painting.  Available on Acorn TV and on youtube.
Also an interesting article about Churchill the artist here.
The painting below, gifted to FDR by Roosevelt, and now owned by Brad Pitt, is thought to be the only one he painted during WWII and also thought to be one his best.  It is called The Tower of Koutoubia Mosque.

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