Today, the official portraits of former President and First Lady were unveiled at the National Portrait gallery, Washington DC. The Obamas seemed quite content with their portraits. Yet, critics already started debating the different meanings of those portraits. Hollan Cotter argues in the New York Times that both portraits embody different things. Michelle’s embodies glamour and style, and the former President’s is a skillfull representation of power and gravitas. In my opinion, these portraits are unlike the usual ones, such as those of good old Abe, but that presidency was everything but usual. Therefore it is only logical that those portraits are just as special. They embody the spirits of the sitters, their joy and energy.
The portrait of Mr Obama is by Kehinde Wiley.