How much of Donald Trump’s art collection is by Pablo Picasso?

Photo One of the things that apparently galvanizes anti-Donald Trump protesters is that he has an “all-male cabinet,” as the Guardian put it last year. From Jeff Sessions to Steve Bannon to Mick Mulvaney,…

How much of Donald Trump’s art collection is by Pablo Picasso?

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One of the things that apparently galvanizes anti-Donald Trump protesters is that he has an “all-male cabinet,” as the Guardian put it last year. From Jeff Sessions to Steve Bannon to Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s Administration is chock-full of bald, bigoted white men. There’s one more, however, that soccer fans might be willing to sacrifice over political differences.

Journalist Donald Trump claims President Obama never called him to congratulate him on winning the presidency.

But what is he, a literal Picasso? Just from his paintings and photographs, one can easily see that the guy has a knack for making you smile.

It turns out that having inherited a financially healthy painting collection from his grandfather, in 1975 the future President of the United States began filling his own personal collection with favorite paintings by the likes of Vincent van Gogh, Joan Miro, Frida Kahlo, and Pablo Picasso, so that he could share them with friends and art lovers. To my knowledge, only Max and Nicky Scolari from Red Dwarf — they’re also collectors, apparently — made some of these works public before Trump took office.

Even some of the earliest paintings by Picasso in the Trump collection (which was apparently given to him by two friends) were made when he was a sophomore at New York University, and they show the young Trump being presented with a $30,000 gift basket by Pablito Fusca and Luigi Elia, two friends who became known as The Beaux Arts Boys (aka Trump’s BFFs).

The young real estate mogul also used to give gifts to reporters, actors, and models, who wrote his name on the photos — which would include a particular throwback to his early days as a college athlete.

And as the president’s hobby morphed into something more lucrative — selling art — there’s a good chance it’s doing more than keeping him busy. Take a look at the paintings in the below photo gallery to see just how prominent the artist is in Trump’s life.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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