Barack and Michelle Obama Commissioned in Historic Smithsonian Gallery

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

Barack and Michelle Obama revealed their presidential portraits for the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery on February 12, and while much of the focus was of course on the former president's - a colorful portrayal of Obama in the foreground of a floral motif by Kehinde Wiley - a handful of covert messages are hidden in the former first lady's portrait.

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The paintings by Amy Sherald and Nigerian-born Kehinde Wiley commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, were revealed at a star-studded event that is a rite of passage for most former American presidents.

The floor-length gown Obama wears in the portrait was inspired by a cotton poplin dress designed by Michelle Smith for her spring 2017 Milly collection.

"I was honored to create a dress for such an intelligent and influential woman, who is also instilled with confidence, beauty and compassion", Smith said.

"I tried to negotiate less grey hair and Kehinde's artistic integrity would not allow him to do what I asked", Obama said in tongue-in-cheek fashion.

"I look pretty sharp", Barack said after seeing himself in art form.

Michelle Obama noted that she is the first person in her family to sit for a portrait. Wiley is also the artist behind one of the Detroit Institute of Art's most memorable works, called "Officer of the Hussars", which shows a young and modern African American man atop a white horse rearing as a Napoleonic steed. A coworker noted that Michelle's portrait didn't look like it belonged next to Barack's.

"Michelle Obama is extraordinary, but she is also the kind of woman that exists in a way that she is 100 percent relatable to all kinds of people, all genders, all around the world", Sherald says.

"They will see an image of someone who looks like them hanging on the walls of this great American institution", she said.

The museum holds portraits of all American ex-commanders in chief, but these latest additions stand in stark contrast to the more buttoned-down approach of traditional presidential portraiture. Her paintings have less realism and focus on shape and color.

"I wasn't sure what to make of Baltimore artist Amy Sherald's Michelle Obama, either".

Sherald has given us a depiction of Mrs. Obama that at first glance may seem far from her likeness in the face, color scheme, pose, and energy.

Those unfamiliar with Sherald's other works were struck by her distinct visual style, but the decisions Sherald makes with colors serve a powerful goal and are present throughout her other works.

"When you look at this painting, you see a sure and incredible handsome man", Wiley said.



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