Beyond the recent tweets Trump posted a video of himself at a table in front of a credenza serving as base for a classic Western statue of an American bison challenged by two wolves. It is a fine statue. It looks very much like something Frederic Remington or Charles Russel would have done but the statue is not in their oeuvre. Nor is the statue a Carl Kauba or a Ron Stewart, their work is similar. And it is not any of the artists on this list of Artists of the American West. I looked through images of all of them. I've seen every buffalo (American bison actually) bronze at least twenty-five times.
Over and over the same dull stupid bison with only scant few statues with such dynamic as this.
Whoever it is that chooses White House art sure is good at it.
The video at Trump's tweet says the meeting is in the Roosevelt room of the White House. Wikipedia has a page describing this room. They have a photo with this statue on the credenza just as in the video. The Wikipedia page also describes the room's decorations. The description mentions bronzes of portraits, but not the buffalo even though they show it.
Roosevelt had an aquarium. In his day the room was called the "the fish room."
Suddenly I like Roosevelt better. I just now felt a fondness grow, pop up like a mushroom.
Kennedy hung a large sailfish on the wall.
But no mention of bronze bison or buffalo.
Looking for this buffalo turned out to be a wildly unproductive search.
But I see two fluffy Belgian Groenendael dogs eager to please. And that silly attitude could get me chewed up.