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The Obamas Official Portraits Were Unveiled at the Smithsonian [VIDEO]
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The Obamas have been trending all day on behalf of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery!
The unveiling of the portraits featuring the former first couple took place today, Monday (February 12th 2018).
Artists Kehinde Wiley painted President Obama’s portrait while Amy Sherald painted Michelle Obama’s.
The former first lady’s immediate response was: “I was blown away by the boldness of Amy’s colors,” while President Obama made sure to throw in a satisfying joke: I tried to negotiate less gray hair, but Kehinde’s artistic integrity would not allow it. ”
Wiley and Sherald are “ first Black artists commissioned to paint a presidential couple for the Smithsonian!”
Huge congratulations to them on the major accomplishment.
Take a look at the portraits below:
🎨 #Repost @cnn ・・・ “How about that? That’s pretty sharp,” @BarackObama said after helping to unveil his official portrait at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. The former president chose @kehindewiley to paint him. Wiley is known for his depiction of African Americans posed in the style of Old Master paintings, but with urban, colorful, wallpaper-like backgrounds.