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Historical Realism
"Memories of Dutch" - Ronald Reagan
Original oil on canvas - 30" x 30"

"I know in my heart that man is good; that what is right will always eventually triumph; and that there is purpose and worth to each and every life. - Ronald Wilson Reagan

With "Memories of Dutch", I wanted to capture the viewer into thinking it was a wine painting and then be intrigued by the book, "Conscience of a Conservative" by Barry Goldwater.  Upon further study, they might recognize that the subject is in fact, Ronald Reagan, our 40th President. In 1964, Reagan was asked to give a speech on behalf of Goldwater. It became known as "The Speech - A Time For Choosing". It was this speech that began Reagan's political career as shortly after, he was asked to run for Governor of California. The book in the painting is in fact a 1964 printing of "Conscience of a Conservative"

Through a friend, I knew that Jordan Cabernet was not only served at the White House in the mid eighties, it was also the wine Reagan chose to feature at a dinner honoring Queen Elizabeth in San Francisco in 1983.

The very well used family bible belonging to his mother is at the Reagan Library and was used for his first inauguration. Other items include a letter to Nancy showing his undying love, a note from his first run for Governor, a Parker 75 fountain pen and Jelly Bellies including the blueberry made especially so the president could have red, white and blue in the White House. Sitting on his desk in the oval office  is a leather placard that says, "It CAN Be Done" as well as the late edition of the L.A. Times  from November 10, 1989, the day the Berlin Wall came down, thanks to pressure provided throughout his two terms and culminating with the famous line, "Mr. Gorbachov, tear down this wall".

His love for our country and the inspiration he provided for us all, helped us to recognize that "you and I have a rendezvous with destiny".  That we need to "preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we'll sentence them to take the last steps into a thousand years of darkness".

     "Memories of Dutch" is available in two sizes as signed and numbered limited edition giclees on canvas
and can be purchased, rolled and mailed or framed, crated and shipped.

  Gary Kutscher - Huntington Beach, California - 714-330-8048