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Obama Portraits Revealed to Have Cost $500000 as Criticism of Paintings Grows

14 February 2018

With Barack's portrait by Kehinde Wiley, they are the first-ever White House portraits of Presidents and First Ladies to be created by African-American artists.

Dan Lavoie, a staffer for New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, flagged that the baseless conspiracy had earlier appeared on the message board website 4Chan - by now a well-known hub for alt-right and white nationalist chatter. The National Portrait Gallery is grateful to the following lead donors to the Obama portraits: Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg; Judith Kern and Kent Whealy; Tommie L. Pegues and Donald A. Capoccia.

The unveiling of the Obama portraits at the National Gallery was always going to be a huge moment, and it sure as hell didn't disappoint. White House chef Sam Kass and political journalist wife Alex Wagner joined the crowd with their adorably suit-clad infant son.

And of the one of Barack Obama: "It is an odd picture".

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"Just saw the Presidential Portrait". Once black cloths were removed from the towering portraits on stage, Skorton's words rang true.

The result is a work that embraces Obama's own personal story. Instead, they were deliberately commissioned by two different artists for their unique approaches to portraiture. So one of them seems grounded while the other is up for grabs, while some of the femininity hidden within the folds of the first lady's dress has magically reappeared in the refulgent floral world of the president's portrait.

Mr Barack Obama was given the "brush off" - not once, but twice - by artist Kehinde Wiley.

Eastwood brought out a chair and had a conversation with an "invisible" Obama, saying of the empty chair, "It's a national disgrace".

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"The former first lady's gaze is steady and direct, her hair loose around her face, and her pose is framed by her bare arms". She is pictured sitting coolly and nearly contemplative in a billowing geometric gown by Milly. "You exist in our minds and our hearts in the way that you do because we can see ourselves in you", Sherald said.

Let's start with what we know about Mrs. Obama.

"She bent down and looked at them and said, 'I painted this for you so that when you go to a museum you will see someone who looks like you on the wall, '" Moss recalled after seeing Sherald speak to young African-American girls at a gallery talk. None were even close to as good as the portraits. But within the portrait are little clues - chrysanthemums represent Chicago, as that's the official flower of his hometown; jasmine, Hawaii, his birthplace; and African blue lilies, his Kenyan heritage. He mentioned his adrenaline rush, explained the symbolic system of flowers in the portrait's verdure, and sat down.

At the portrait unveiling, Sherald said she was drawn to this particular dress because it reminded her of quilts made by African American women in the South.

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Obama Portraits Revealed to Have Cost $500000 as Criticism of Paintings Grows