The New Obama Portraits Definitely Brought Out the Internet's Best Meme Game

The New Obama Portraits Definitely Brought Out the Internet's Best Meme Game

The official portraits, unveiled by former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama Monday at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., were skillfully painted by artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald.

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?

Wiley's painting makes him the first African-American artist to do a portrait of a commander in chief for the National Portrait Gallery.

Kehinde Wiley's depiction of former President Obama shows him seated in an ornate wooden chair against a background of greenery and a symbolically meaningful assortment of flowers. It is a portrait of the first black First Lady in an abundant gown, designed by one of her favorites, Michelle Smith for Milly. Wiley's artistic style stood out to Obama for the "degree to which [his portraits] challenge our conventional views of power and privilege", and "the way that he would take extraordinary care and precision and vision in recognizing the beauty and the grace and the dignity of people who are so often invisible in our lives". "I tried to negotiate less grey hair". "I have enough political problems", said Mr. Obama to laughter from the audience.

"To be honest, I was anticipating - hoping for - a bolder, more incisive image of the strong-voiced person I imagine this former first lady to be", Holland Cotter of the New York Times wrote.

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Ben Shapiro, of the Daily Wire, was even more pointed in his criticism-captioning a piece of abstract art with, "LOVE the new portrait of Michelle Obama". An official portrait of Michelle Obama was also revealed at the same event. But at the lectern, introducing the six-by-five-foot " 'Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama, ' oil on linen, 2018", Sherald said that the shapes reminded her of Mondrian, and the diligent quilt-making of the black women artisans of Gee's Bend, Alabama.

"I would have been one of those athletes whose heart just stops and no one knows why", Sherald told the magazine. Indeed, the pose of Obama, who is seen in a dark suit with an open-collar shirt, sitting with his arms crossed and resting on his knees, recalls Robert Anderson's official 2008 portrait of George W. Bush, who is rendered in a similar, casual pose.

Michelle also noted in her speech what it means for little black girls to see her portrait hanging in the gallery. "The Obama presidency will forever be remembered as ground-breaking and positive". Explaining why she selected Sherald, the former First Lady said she was "blown away by the boldness of her colors".

"When you look at this painting, you see a sure and unbelievable handsome man", Wiley said. The heart transplant survivor brings a careful process to her work.

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