Happy Birthday, Mr. Presidents: 10 Presidential Art Picks

President’s Day might be placed strategically between Lincoln and Washington’s birthdays but it’s a day to celebrate both the past and present US Presidents. Check out these pieces honoring some of the country’s most beloved Commanders-in-Chief.


 

1.George Washington

 

George Washington

 

The nation’s first President never looked more regal than he does in watercolor.


 

2. Andrew Jackson

 

Andrew Jackson

 

Andrew Jackson was known for being tough and this painting shows it with one stern expression.


 

3. Abraham Lincoln

 

Abe Lincoln

 

Though he died half a century before the Works Progress Administration was founded, Abraham Lincoln’s face was used in posters like this to promote the agency that helped millions of people find jobs.


 

4. Theodore Teddy Roosevelt

 

Teddy Roosevelt

 

Teddy Roosevelt had a long career in the White House, first serving as vice president before leading the nation for 8 years. Known as much for his boldness as his political career, he also enjoyed time as a cattle rancher.


 

5. William Howard Taft

 

Taft

 

Born in Ohio, Taft is the only person to have served the US as Chief Justice and President.


 

6. Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

FDR Poster

 

Franklin D. Roosevelt or FDR, as he was more commonly called, was a proud father of six who dedicated much of his time in office to strengthening the American military.


 

7. Vintage election poster for Dwight Eisenhower

 

Eisenhower

 

Eisenhower’s election was a special one in that he did no personal campaigning. Supporters started the “We Like Ike” campaign, which earned him a spot as President in 1952 when he won the election by a landslide.


 

8. John F. Kennedy 4U by Peter Artboook

 

JFK Pop Art

 

Though he served just three years as President before his death, JFK and his family made a longlasting impression on America that continues today. At the same time, Andy Warhol was developing his iconic Pop Art that continues to be in style, as shown by this modern rendition of a popular JFK portrait done in Warhol-esque form.


 

9. Ronald Reagan, spokesperson for GE Theater by WorldWide Archive

 

Reagan

 

From Hollywood to the White House, actor-turned-President Ronald Reagan knew how to work crowds and the camera, which helped him both onscreen as a dramatic actor and as a President.


 

10. Barack Obama (2008)

 

Obama

 

Perhaps one of the most iconic designs of the 21st century, Obama’s campaign posters brought together vintage design and modern creativity.