Obamas’ official portraits revealed at the Smithsonian
Yahoo News ^ | 13 Feb 2018 | Dylan Stableford
Posted on 2/13/2018, 11:35:39 AM by mandaladon
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery unveiled its commissioned portraits of former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama on Monday. Barack Obama image, painted by artist Kehinde Wiley, shows him seated in front of an ivy backdrop, while Michelle Obama was painted by Amy Sherald in a pale blue setting. Wiley and Sherald were the first black artists commissioned to paint a presidential couple for the Smithsonian.
“Kehinde was working at a disadvantage,” the 44th U.S. president joked at the ceremony. “His subject was less becoming. Not as fly.”
“I tried to negotiate less gray hair, but Kehinde’s artistic integrity would not allow it,” he added. “I tried to negotiate smaller ears — struck out on that again as well.”
Obama said Wiley initially wanted to portray him with “scepters” and “chifforobes” — possibly even mount him on a horse.
“I had to explain that I’ve got enough political problems without you making me look like Napoleon,” he said. “We’ve got to bring it down just a touch.”
Michelle Obama had nothing but praise for Sherald’s process.
“I was blown away by the boldness of Amy’s colors,” she said. “In the first few seconds of our conversation, I knew she was the one for me.”
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