Michelle Obama’s portrait, painted by Amy Sherald, depicts the former first lady in a white dress with geometric patterns, set in front of a pale blue background:
Barack Obama’s portrait, painted by Kehinde Wiley, showed the president wearing a suit (but no tie) and seated in a chair with a backdrop of leaves and flowers:
The paintings, both done by black artists, sparked many reactions on social media:
ive just never felt this physically attracted to a portrait before and idk if im handling it well
— Tracy Boomeisha-Ann Clayton (@brokeymcpoverty) February 12, 2018
Some people made pretty hilarious jokes:
Many celebrities shared their thoughts too. Actor and comedian Chris Rock called Barack Obama the “real Black Panther,” while musician Common called the former first couple’s portrait “beautiful.”
Director Ava DuVernay said the portraits reminded her to hope. Model Chrissy Teigen simply asked that Barack “come back” and pleaded for Michelle to “help us.”
Just saw the Presidential Portrait. Wow. Barack Obama is the real Black Panther.
— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) February 12, 2018
What do YOU think of the portraits?