Obama Portraits Inspire Amusing Memes on Twitter

Artist Kehinde Wiley and Barack Obama participate in the unveiling of Obama's portrait. REUTERS  Jim Bourg

Artist Kehinde Wiley and Barack Obama participate in the unveiling of Obama's portrait. REUTERS Jim Bourg

"I dressed Mrs.Obama on several occasions while she was in office, and am so grateful to create something that she will forever be remembered in by future generations", Smith says through a spokesperson to Yahoo Lifestyle.

Sean Hannity's blog took on the big questions in the minds of all God-fearing Americans today - does the recently unveiled presidential portrait of Barack Obama feature "secret sperm" and was it painted by an artist who harbors hatred in his heart against white people?

The post argues that the president's portrait is secretly perverted - and subtly hateful toward white people - on the basis of two sentences from a pair of years-old stories on Wiley's work.

To place the pieces in their artistic and political context, I spoke to Richard J. Powell, a professor of art and art history at Duke University and an expert in the history of black portraiture. "The greenery of the backdrop shows us Obama's vitality and global connectedness - but the man himself feels still stuck at his desk".

Michelle Obama had nothing but praise for Sherald's process. Michelle Obama's portrait, painted by a different artist than her husband's, was revealed during the ceremony as well.

Dr. Eugene Gu, a columnist for The Hill, agreed, tweeting: "Michelle Obama is an elegant lady and the portrait looks nice". The former president's portrait featured him sitting on a chair surrounded by fauna from Illinois, Hawaii and Africa, representing his heritage.

The unveiling of the Obamas' official portraits this week rightfully has generated the criticism this racist couple richly deserves ("Official Obama portraits unveiled at National Portrait Gallery", Web, Feb. 12).

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"I'm also thinking of all the young people, particularly girls and girls of color, who ... will see an image of someone who looks like them hanging on the wall of this great American institution", she added.

"I had to explain that I've got enough political problems without you making me look like Napoleon", he said.

The design was based on one from her spring 2017 collection but underwent some small changes.

The Washington Post caught up with Smith, who started Milly with her husband, Andy Oshrin, just after the portrait viewing. The process starts when Portrait Gallery curators make artist suggestions to the president and first lady toward the end of their term, leaving the final choice up to them. Obama told of his concern that Wiley would depict him in his trademark style, "with partridges and scepters, and thrones and chifforobes, mounting me on horses".

Mr. Obama has much better luck with his similarly high-profile portraitist. The portraits were commissioned by the Gallery, for Kehinde Wiley to create President Obama's portrait, and Amy Sherald that of Michelle Obama.

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