Gilbert Stuart, Portrait of George Washington. (Courtesy the Louvre Abu Dhabi)

Art World Abstracts: The Louvre Abu Dhabi Nabs a George Washington Portrait, and More

One would not usually go into the Middle Eastern outpost of the most storied French institution and expect to see a portrait of the first president of the United States of America. But nevertheless, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, which will open in a Jean Nouvel-designed be-domed building later this fall, has acquired a Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington from the Armand Hammer Foundation in Los Angeles. It shows the founding father sitting at a desk scribbling on a piece of paper, and will be installed next to a portrait of a triumphant Napoleon bounding over the Alps on a horse to go capture more of the continent, which is just so rich.

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