What I think is interesting about the reaction to these is the assumption that Bush is creating some impossible perspective on the right. That he’s painting himself in the shower looking at himself. If you remove the impossible perspective idea, there’s every reason to believe the painting on the right is him painting another man in the shower with him, looking at himself.
I love this alternative interpretation of the painting by 43. I think people are so quick to jump to the staring at himself in the shower hypothesis, is because that’s how they hope he is living after having done so much wrong in the world. In their view, 43 would be spending his post presidential years reflecting on what he has done, taking long contemplative walks, staring at himself in the shower wondering how it ended up so wrong. It is part of a narrative that fits in with their interpretation of his presidency. However, just as valid, is the idea that, without the constraints of media and politics, he can explore himself and the world, and perhaps return to his halcyon prep school days.