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Have You Seen George W. Bush's Portraits Of World Leaders?

The paintings are part of an exhibit,"The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy," on display April 5-June 3 at the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

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During the interview Friday, Bush recalled introducing Russian President Vladimir Putin to his beloved Scottish terrier, Barney.

Kim Leeson / Via Flickr: georgewbushcenter

"As you know, our dear dog Barney, who had a special place in my heart — Putin dissed him and said, 'You call it a dog?’" Bush said. "A year later, your mom and I go to visit and Vladimir says, 'Would you like to meet my dog?' Out bounds this huge hound, obviously much bigger than a Scottish terrier, and Putin looks at me and says, 'Bigger, stronger and faster than Barney.'"

"Vladimir is a person who in many ways viewed America as an enemy. I tried, of course, to dispel him of that notion," Bush told his daughter.

Bush is extremely humble about his artwork.

"I'm not a great artist...I don't want people to think I'm a great artist," he said.

The exhibit also contains a self-portrait and a rendition of his dad.

Kim Leeson / Via Flickr: georgewbushcenter

George W. Bush's mother, Barbara Bush, however, said Friday that she will not allow her son to paint her.

“Absolutely not. Good as he is, it might look like me,” she said.

Austin Hunt is a curation editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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