The artist behind the bizarre portrait of Bill Clinton in a dress hanging in Jeffrey Epstein's Manhattan mansion has revealed she had no idea the artwork had wound up in the pedophile billionaire's home.
Artist Petrina Ryan-Kleid exhibited the original painting, which is called 'Parsing Bill', for her degree show when she graduated with an MFA in 2012 from the New York Academy of Art.
She told DailyMail.com: 'In 2012, as a grad student at the New York Academy of Art, I painted pictures of Presidents Clinton and Bush as part of my Master's thesis.
'When the school put on a fundraiser at the Tribeca Ball that year, they sold my painting to one of the attendees.
'I had no idea who the buyer was at the time. As with most of my paintings, I had completely lost track of this piece when it was sold seven years ago.
'So it was a complete surprise to me to learn yesterday that it wound up in Epstein's home.'
The painting was secretly snapped inside the pedophile's lavish $56 million home in October 2012, four years after Epstein completed his sweetheart deal for prostitution of a minor and seven years before he was accused of running a sex trafficking ring of underage girls. It is unclear if Epstein had the original canvas or had a print mounted.
The source, who asked to remain anonymous, was visiting Epstein to present a business proposal - an encounter with the pervert which included spotting a girl who seemed to be 14 waiting to see the financier.
The woman said she was shocked to catch sight of the portrait through an open door as she walked through the ornate home with her business partner.
The picture depicting the former president apparently lounging on a chair in the Oval Office, wearing red heels and posing suggestively in a blue dress redolent of Monica Lewinsky was in a room off the stairway of the Upper East Side townhouse.
The dress is also strikingly similar to one worn by Hillary Clinton at the 2009 Kennedy Center Honors.
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I want you: The original painting is by Australian-American artist Petrina Ryan-Kleid, although it is unclear if Epstein had bought the canvas or had a print mounted.
How source saw it: Jeffrey Epstein had a bizarre portrait of Bill Clinton hanging in his Manhattan mansion, depicting the former president lounging on a chair in the Oval Office wearing red heels and an open-necked blue dress, a source exclusively told DailyMailTV
Artist Petrina Ryan-Kleid (pictured) exhibited the original painting, which is called 'Parsing Bill', for her degree show when she graduated with an MFA in 2012 from the New York Academy of Art
Inspiration? The dress is also strikingly similar to one worn by Hillary Clinton at the 2009 Kennedy Center Honors
Petrina Ryan-Kleid also painted this portrait of George W Bush as part of her work at the New York Academy of Art
Inspiration: Bill Clinton's pointing finger is clearly inspired by James Montgomery Flagg's famous World War One recruiting post
The source told DailyMailTV: 'It was absolutely Bill Clinton. It was shocking - it was definitely a painting of him. It was a very provocative, sexual picture. He was wearing heels, a blue dress and his hand was in a weird position.
The color of the dress seemed to be a pointed reference to Clinton's former intern Monica Lewinsky, who a blue dress during their infamous sexual encounter in the White House.
Epstein and Clinton were once friends, with the now 72-year-old flying on the now deceased financier's private plane, dubbed the Lolita Express, several times and on his own account vising the town house once - making it possible he could have seen the bizarre painting.
Clinton has however denied being on Epstein's 'pedophile island,' Little St. James - a denial which Donald Trump sought to cast doubt on this week.
The presence of the picture is a new twist in the relationship between Clinton, his family and Epstein.
Last month the former president's office said he had not known anything of Epstein's crimes and had taken four trips with him in 2002 and 2003 - although flight logs showed that he had taken a total of at least 26 individual flights in the course of those.
One of Epstein's former sex slaves, Virginia Roberts, claimed she saw Clinton on the island for a dinner held in his honor shortly after he left office, and stood by the claim when questioned under oath.
After the financier's apparent suicide on Saturday morning, Trump retweeted a suggestion that the Clintons were somehow involved in the death and a link to court documents setting out Roberts' evidence.
Additionally, Epstein's alleged procurer, Ghislaine Maxwell, was a guest at Chelsea Clinton's wedding to Marc Meezvinsky, at least a year after the time when Bill Clinton says his relationship with Epstein ended.
The origin of the painting is unknown. DailyMail.com has seen metadata which verifies where and when the picture was taken. It was hanging against a dark-colored wall in Epstein's stone fortress.
Epstein and Clinton (seen left) were once friends, with the now 72-year-old flying on the now deceased financier's private plane, dubbed the Lolita Express, several times and on his own account vising the town house once - making it possible he could have seen the bizarre painting. Artist Petrina Ryan-Kleid is pictured right
'Clinton' has his legs crossed over the arm of a chair, with blood red heels hovering over a rug that seems to bear the presidential seal.
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