Initially I wanted to mention the Andy Spade and Anthony Sperduti short film for J Crew, The Exchange. But I figured it would be all over the blogosphere by the time I got to it. So instead, I'm drawing attention to Sir Winston Churchill's painting, Marrakech, given to U.S. President, Harry S. Truman, in 1951.
Enamored with Morocco since the 1920s, Churchill had some moving experiences there in the desert during World War II. After the Casablanca Conference of 1943, Churchill persuaded Franklin Roosevelt to make an arduous journey to see the wonder of the sun setting over snow on the Atlas Mountains. A passionate painter, Churchill captured the scene and later in the 1940s depicted other Moroccan landscapes. The gift to Truman was auctioned by Sotheby's in December 2007.