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April 16, 2011

Donald Framed

A few days ago, Andrew Sullivan posted this photo from an unidentified reader who claimed to have snapped this at Donald Trump’s old Palm Beach Mar-a-Lago estate.  As far as I can tell, the photo was actually lifted and cropped from a blog called A Rolling Crone. The blog (not updated for a a while) is run by a retired journalist by the name of Joan Gage who offered a post on April 4, 2011, Lunch at Mar-a-Lago with The Donald, which happens to be full of wonderful pictures of the place, including said one above.  (I have written to Joan, by the way, to see if she minds my using the photo since it’s now everywhere.) In the meantime, it quite a rendition of the man (quite in the sense of kitsch) as he hypes a potential GOP candidacy for the crass purpose of resuscitating his crass TV show.

By the way, I don’t think the corner is unfinished ala Washington’s portrait.  I think it’s just the flash. The effect, though, doesn’t go badly with that sky and the sense of heavenly power, potential storm and rays from a deity.

Other thoughts?

(photo: Joan Gage)

  • Thirdchakra

    anyone know if this was painted on real black velvet or did they go cheap and use black flock?

  • Lukitas

    The way his pants fold leads me to alarming conclusions about his proportions.

    ‘God is just behind my head, but look at what I have got between my hands’

  • Glen

    Tennis whites? Hilarious!

  • http://twitter.com/pixalex Alex Abramowicz

    WHAT DID THE PAINTER DO TO HIS HAIR?!!!?!!?

  • Da05339

    I imagine this was done based on photographs of Trump, however, portraiture tends to capture the essence of the person depicted. Donald in all his pretentiousness and salesman arrogance is well captured here.

  • http://profiles.google.com/bystander.again bystander.again bystander

    As you said, Glen. My first thought was, Tennis, anyone? It does have a “The Hamptons” feel about it.

  • Glen

    Is this the portrait they display in the attic?

    They got the order wrong.

  • Anonymous

    A close inspection of the plate on the painting reveals the words: “Donald Trump reaches into his pocket for his balls.”

    For has America EVER had one in the Public Eye so infatuated with the game of pocket pool?

  • Marie

    Now here’s a man comfortable with showing off his crotch. Is that a commentary on his perception of his personal power or what? And also, the portrait seems to show him with an awfully small head. Reminds me of a cut-and-paste job in Photoshop. Could it be more pretentious? Mostly, I am laughing at the image, and at the other comments.

    • Anonymous

      Yes,,,that’s why I mention pocket pool…if Trump wasn’t a joke this painting confirms it. That, or the fact that some joe was influence peddling the image claiming he “snapped” it when it was in reality lifted from some other website.

    • Anonymous

      Yes,,,that’s why I mention pocket pool…if Trump wasn’t a joke this painting confirms it. That, or the fact that some joe was influence peddling the image claiming he “snapped” it when it was in reality lifted from some other website.

    • Anonymous

      Yes,,,that’s why I mention pocket pool…if Trump wasn’t a joke this painting confirms it. That, or the fact that some joe was influence peddling the image claiming he “snapped” it when it was in reality lifted from some other website.

  • Asta

    I can’t believe no one’s mentioned how awful the frame is…Louis XIVish, no?

    A magazine ad for Polo men’s cologne in a gilded frame, and it reeks.

  • Asta

    I can’t believe no one’s mentioned how awful the frame is…Louis XIVish, no?

    A magazine ad for Polo men’s cologne in a gilded frame, and it reeks.

  • Anonymous

    He’s so pink.

  • omen

    wonder if he’s a fan of harlequin romance novels.

    • omen

      no wedding rings suggests “perpetual playboy.”

  • Nate

    Can you point out where, in the original Sullivan blog post, the email author “claimed to have snapped this” photo? It says that (s)he SAW the picture years ago, and offers this photo as proof that it exists, but never actually claims to have taken the picture, unless Sullivan left that bit off the message.

    Sure, they probably should have credited Gage, but they’re not the ones who published the photo, If The Dish followed up with the emailer to check on the photographer, and the emailer made the false claim, then fine … otherwise, I think this is much more a case of sloppy attention to image rights by a major publisher (The Dish/The Daily Beast) than it is an attempt at deception by Sullivan’s emailer.

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