Well, the official portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama were unveiled today at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. And… Obama looks lost in shrubbery and Michelle’s looks absolutely nothing like her. Considering the ultra bad taste of these two… the portraits are fitting. Just sayin’. Michelle’s painting was done by Baltimore artist Amy Sherald, who is known for her social justice painting style. Yes, and her lack of reality as well. “Let’s just start by saying, ‘Wow,’ again. Let me just take a minute. It’s amazing. Wow,” Obama said after the portrait was unveiled. The moment was met with a gasp and applause. I may be wrong, but the Obama’s did not look way pleased to me. Meh.
All presidents and first ladies have their portraits done and hung in the Portrait Gallery. However, they usually actually resemble them somewhat. “What you think?” Michelle asked her mother, Marian Robinson. “It’s pretty nice, isn’t it?” Only if you are a revisionist. Mooch said that she and President Barack Obama interviewed several artists for their portraits and that she bonded with Sherald because of all the time they spent together. Let’s just say that must be a heck of a bond, because it sure wasn’t talent speaking to Michelle. The responses on social media are just brutal. Unusual doesn’t begin to cover Michelle’s portrait here. Sherald is known for placing less emphasis on realism than on shape and color.
Obama chose Yale-trained African American artist Kehinde Wiley to do his portrait, CNN reported. The paintings will be on display alongside depictions of the country’s previous presidents and first ladies. “How about that? That’s pretty sharp,” Obama said of his portrait. Well, if you like that ‘lost in the ivy’ look, yeah… sharp. Obama joked, “I tried to negotiate less gray hair and Kehinde’s artistic integrity would not allow (him) to do what I asked. I tried to negotiate smaller ears. Struck out on that as well.” Pity… but at least Obama has a sense of humor on this.
Am I the only one who thinks it doesn't look a thing like her?
— Lisa J. Yarde (@lisajyarde) February 12, 2018
I’m certainly no fan of the Obamas, but even I wanted to see their official portraits. I wish I hadn’t. Those words pretty much describe their entire time in the Oval Office for me. Mooch made her portrait all about race. That figures and she said “lot more work to do.” She should have said that to the artist before unveiling this portrait. Cringe. Obama spoke too and said he believes politics is “expecting that the country unfolds from the top down, but rather that it comes from the bottom up,” which is hilarious to hear from an elitist like Obama. At least his portrait resembles him. Michelle’s takes artistic license way too far. Michelle Obama said she “was a little overwhelmed, to say the least.” That’s probably one way of putting it.
“I’m also thinking about all the… girls and girls of color, who in years ahead will come to this place… will see an image of someone who looks like them hanging on the wall of this great American institution,” Michelle Obama said. The former president thanked Sherald for the portrait of his wife. “Amy, I want to thank you for so spectacularly capturing the grace and beauty and intelligence and charm and hotness of the woman I love.” Does your wife know you are having an affair? Sorry, could not help myself.
Despite the gushing by the media, such as The Washington Post, I do not care for these portraits in the least and they are not great. I give you WaPo:
The two portraits render their subjects life-size, which underscores their historical importance and accomplishments. Although the artists worked independently of each other, and their works aren’t meant to be seen side by side (they will reside in different galleries when they go on view), they make a curious pairing. Both capture elements that their subjects carefully curated during their public life as president and first lady. A swelling vein on the left side of the president’s face, and the intensity of his gaze, suggest the “doesn’t suffer fools gladly” impatience that occasionally flashed from him, a marked contrast with the smiling and laughing photographic portraits by Chuck Close that have until now stood in for the official portrait in the “America’s Presidents” exhibition.
Wiley has included flowers in the background (another nod to historical portraiture) to reference elements of the president’s personal history, including jasmine for Hawaii, African blue lilies for his father’s Kenyan heritage, and chrysanthemums, which are the official flower of Chicago. Curiously, the president’s left foot is poised just over a bunch of African blue lilies, as though he’s about to crush them.
Sherald has depicted Michelle Obama in a dress by Michelle Smith’s Milly label, tasteful but not extravagant department-store fashion that recalls the first lady’s mix of couture and comfortable pragmatism. Sherald was attracted by the large, geometric patterns of the fabric, which recalls the style of Mondrian. But it is the bulk of the dress that makes a statement, all but engulfing the body, with little more than the face, arms and hands (with light violet-colored nail polish) exposed. The dress forms a pyramid, with the face atop, in a way that suggests a protective carapace, hiding from view the first lady’s body and some of her femininity, which were targets of racist attack during her tenure in the East Wing.
I think I’m going to barf… seriously. What a fitting tribute… stylized, unrealistic paintings that give homage to two radical Marxists who are not at all what they present to the world.
It doesn’t! They drew someone with much more white features. You can’t tell me that with every talented artist in the U.S. they couldn’t have found someone better at painting! Just wild!
— Farrah2211 (@farrah2211) February 12, 2018
Is that the same women who painted this? pic.twitter.com/i3cWqVNjtb
— Baby Trump (@TheTrumpBaby) February 12, 2018
Doesn't really look like her.
— Daniel Prokop (@dicomdan) February 12, 2018
Sorry, not lovin this
— Lynn Anderson (@Antlyne) February 12, 2018
This is a beautiful portrait. It looks very little like Michelle Obama pic.twitter.com/1CsRrWIJtN
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) February 12, 2018
But…But…it doesn’t look anything like her. Just saying.
— Shakespeare527 (@Shakespeare527) February 12, 2018
— Audrey Parish (@yippie50) February 12, 2018
Worst likeness ever. A portrait has one job, and this picture of some random woman doesn’t do that job
— Lisa Rothstein, Brown '82 (@davincidiva) February 12, 2018
— Genereation X'er (@True_Gen_Xer) February 12, 2018
that looks awful.
— Dan Weigle (@dan_weigle) February 12, 2018
Lmao that looks nothing like her
— YesTrump2020 (@YesTrump2020) February 12, 2018
Michelle Obama's portrait was…. uh
— Eferighe (@jman23j) February 12, 2018
Things the Michelle Obama portrait looks like:
An 8th grade art project
Things it does not look like:
Michelle Obama pic.twitter.com/kbgTsIdPxi
— Corinne Clark (@corinnec) February 12, 2018
Y’all telling me that y’all really like those paintings of President Obama and Michelle Obama? pic.twitter.com/lLHjtcyS7X
— Bobbi (@Bloop_1) February 12, 2018
I don’t think Michelle Obama’s official portrait actually looks like her
— Sam Stein (@samstein) February 12, 2018
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… they mad at Michelle?
— Steacy Curry ? (@SteacyC) February 12, 2018
The painter who made Michelle Obama’s portrait went to the same art school as the person who made Disney’s animatronic Trump.
— Charter (@realCharter) February 12, 2018
I definitely would have called for a redo on that portrait
— katiebekx (@KateBekx) February 12, 2018
Barack Obama's portrait was just revealed, too. Kehinde Wiley is the artist. pic.twitter.com/NvuqM8rnUX
— HuffPost Politics (@HuffPostPol) February 12, 2018
LOVE the new portrait of Michelle Obama pic.twitter.com/c4OXHhFOw6
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) February 12, 2018
"National Portrait Gallery"
Michelle Obama After Seeing A Portrait That Looks NOTHING LIKE HER & Barack Obama After Seeing His Likeness Painted Into A Hedge Of Shrubs…#Awkward? pic.twitter.com/aNVgIjtHAM
— Deplorable?Rāzərbak (@MediaJuggernaut) February 12, 2018
WATCH: You can actually see Barack Obama do a "yikes, that's awful" double take looking at Michelle Obama's portrait, then look back at his cool one. pic.twitter.com/2nF3ffmIUF
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) February 12, 2018
— Brandon Morse (@TheBrandonMorse) February 12, 2018
DISTORTED PORTRAIT LIKE THEIR LEGACY…
— Chris Fagan (@princeofpast) February 12, 2018
Obama finally succeeded in putting Bush behind him. pic.twitter.com/9BPPJGNPZN
— Cuffy (@CuffyMeh) February 12, 2018
[Insert Garden of Eden metaphor here.] pic.twitter.com/JrF0tXaxtx
— Jim Geraghty (@jimgeraghty) February 12, 2018
Close up of Pres Obama's portrait. Artist says the foliage background represents his ties to Chicago, Hawaii and Kenya. pic.twitter.com/JtQklRGLTK
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) February 12, 2018
Obama's portrait is especially weird because as a purported White Sox fan, it's unclear how he ended up in the Wrigley ivy. pic.twitter.com/ScEMvYHKSg
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) February 12, 2018
by Amy Sherald. pic.twitter.com/obbBc6LFVn
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) February 12, 2018
I can think of no more fitting tribute to Michelle Obama than a portrait of somebody else. https://t.co/ke98kuaZIO
— tf rollback /recursive Coder (@CoderInCrisis) February 12, 2018
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