Painting of nude Bush sold to unnamed buyer Publicity credited in quick $4,000 sale.

January 23, 1992|By Greg Tasker|

A controversial oil painting that depicts President Bush and other public personalities in the nude was sold yesterday to a buyer who wishes to remain anonymous.

The anti-war painting, called "A Peace Treaty and the New World Order," was sold for the $4,000 asking price, but will remain on display at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Center in Frederick through Feb. 21, said Melinda Wimer, executive director.

"The buyer wishes to remain anonymous," Ms. Wimer said.

Ms. Wimer said she was not surprised the 6-by-8-foot work sold so quickly, adding that publicity helped.

The buyer's was one of three inquiries the arts center received about the painting by Austrian artist Josef Schutzenhofer, who, Ms. Wimer predicted, would someday achieve "international acclaim."

Mr. Bush is surrounded in the painting by entertainer Dolly Parton, who is nude; Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, clad in a breastplate but naked below the waist, and Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., wearing a breastplate and red briefs.

General Schwarzkopf's foot rests on a kneeling Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

The county's legislative delegation, responding to public outcry over the work, has delayed introducing a bond bill that would provide $500,000 in matching dollars for the center to renovate a nearby mill as a permanent home for exhibits and programs. Lawmakers said they are uncertain about the bill's future.

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