Apleton Post Crescent | Kara Patterson | April 9, 2012
A new exhibit opening Friday at the Trout Museum of Art in downtown Appleton showcases three of about 500 paintings that British leader Sir Winston Churchill created during his lifetime.
It's common knowledge that Churchill, Great Britain's prime minister during World War II, helped guide his nation through the conflict and played a major role in the Allies' victory over Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime.
But Churchill's arts accomplishments show another side of the statesman, a self-described pastime painter who took up the hobby of oil painting at age 40. He often indulged his passion at his country home of Chartwell and on his travels through countries including France, Italy, Morocco and Scotland.
“Leave the past to history especially as I propose to write that history myself.”