The Obamas’ Official White House Portraits Unveiled At National Portrait Gallery
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The day has finally arrived for the official unveiling of the portraits for our forever President and First Lady, Barack and Michelle Obama. The couple took to the stage at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. to get a first look. In keeping with tradition, the National Portrait Gallery has portraits of all past sitting presidents hanging in the museum.

For Barack Obama’s portrait, Yale-trained artist Kehinde Wiley was chosen. Wiley is best-known for his fascinating artistry of African-Americans. The portrait depicts the 44th President sitting against a backdrop of green foliage, with pops of color.

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama/Kehinde Wiley

 

“How about that? That’s pretty sharp.” – Barack Obama

 

Michelle Obama’s portrait left her speechless, as she exclaimed, “Let’s just start by saying, ‘Wow,’ again. Hi Mom. Whatcha’ think? Pretty nice, isn’t it?”

African-American artist out of Baltimore, Amy Sherald, was chosen to create the portrait for the former First Lady. Sherald is best-known for her distinct creative style and incorporation of social justice into her works.

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama/ Amy Sherald

 


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