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Obamas Unveil Official Portraits, Reveal Lasting Legacy

15 February 2018, 12:08 | Floyd Cook

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The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery Unveils Portrait of President Barack Obama

Following the highly-anticipated unveiling of the portraits of former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the National Portrait Gallery on Monday, the Internet set to work doing what it does best.

However, the Obamas are an unprecedented couple and they continue to break new ground in terms of representation and whom they entrust to represent them.

Wiley and Sherald break boundaries as the first black artists to create official presidential portraits for the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. We should also condemn the Obamas' commissioning of such an individual to paint their official portraits. I appreciate artistic freedoms, but I feel these portraits need to be more representative of the subjects being painted. The former first lady spoke of her late father, who she says "sacrificed everything to give me and my brother the opportunities he never dreamed for himself". "And I know the kind of impact that will have on their lives because I was one of those girls".

WorldNetDaily led its story about Wiley with the observation that Obama "apparently enjoys painting portraits of black women holding the severed heads of white people".

What do you think about Barack and Michelle Obama's official portraits?

Obama's portrait shows the former POTUS wearing a suit (but no tie) and sitting in a chair with his arms crossed across his lap, against a striking backdrop of leaves and flowers behind him.

Mr. Barack Obama, who was the first African-American U.S. President, complimented Ms. Sherald for her portrait of Ms. Michelle Obama. The artist has described the influence that black and white photography has had on her style of portraiture.

"Amy, I want to thank you for so spectacularly capturing the grace and beauty and the intelligence and charm and hotness of the woman that I love", he said, according to The Hill.

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