Barack and michelle obama portrait

Barack and Michelle Obama portraits unveiled in Washington

barack and michelle obama portrait

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery unveiled its commissioned portraits of former President Barack Obama and Mrs. Michelle Obama by artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, respectively. President Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama delivered remarks as did.

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The two artists who painted them are the first black painters to receive presidential portrait commissions from the National Portrait Gallery. Kehinde Wiley, who is known for using bright, vibrant colors and large-scale paintings of African Americans, painted Barack Obama sitting in a chair, his gaze intense and fixated straight out to the viewer. His earnestness is offset by a wildly colorful background of green leaves. Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald painted Michelle Obama sitting in a floor-length gown, her head resting on the back of her hand. Her face is calm, her mouth relaxed and unsmiling, and her eyes look directly at you with quiet and strong resolve.

They are the first African Americans commissioned to paint official portraits of the first couple for the National Portrait Gallery. Aside from the White House, the Gallery is home to the only complete collection of presidential portraits; according to the Smithsonian, it is comprised of more than 1, works. Wiley, who painted President Obama, is best known for his vivid depictions of people of color. His work has offered a stylized blend of the old and the new, and is often meant to challenge perceptions of black people, particularly the young black men who live in urban centers of the U. Though lesser known than Wiley, Sherald is a rising star in the art world.

In October , it was announced that Wiley had been chosen by Barack Obama to paint an official portrait of the former president to appear in Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery "America's Presidents" exhibition. That's pretty sharp". The unveiling of the portrait led to thousands of visitors lined up at the entrance, along with a percent increase in visitors compared with the prior President's Day Weekend. Online media outlets had mixed reactions the painting. The larger public response on social media ranged from some likening it to more simplistic art to more humorous reflections on the portrait in the form of memes, featuring cartoon character Homer Simpson and using wordplay to comment on the use of bushes in the portrait. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Visual arts portal.

Written by Deana Haggag. Opinions in this piece belong to the author. Culture is a powerful tool. It's how we change the world. And for eight years, we had a presidential administration that knew this acutely. As they demonstrated time and time again, Barack and Michelle Obama were adept at using culture to communicate with the public in meaningful ways.

See the Newly Unveiled Official Portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama



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