The White House has a number of famous artists in residence. How can that be? Because the White House has a number of paintings by world-renown artists in its permanent collection. Claude Monet's Morning on the Seine is part of the collection. Following the death of President Kennedy, the Kennedy family donated the painting in President Kennedy's memory and it hangs in the First Family's private quarters. Works by a number of American artists are recognizable throughout the Executive Mansion, including Mary Cassatt and Georgia O'Keefe. Norman Rockwell's Working on the Statue of Liberty, hangs in the Oval Office. One of the oldest paintings in the collection and, perhaps the oldest object in the White House, is Gilbert Stuart's portrait of George Washington, which has hung in the White House since 1800, except for the period of time First Lady Dolley Madison removed it when the White House was burned during the War of 1812. The portrait occupies a prominent place in the East Room.
(The paintings represented here are for educational purposes only).