Home New york 'Beautiful' and 'bland': Obama White House portraits stir polarizing reactions online

‘Beautiful’ and ‘bland’: Obama White House portraits stir polarizing reactions online

- Advertisement -


​The White House unveiling of the official portraits of former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday drew out social media users’ inner art critics.​

The Obamas appeared together at the White House for the first time since the 44th president left office in 2017 as guests of President Biden and first lady Jill Biden for a ceremony in the East Room.

The former president is depicted in his portrait by Robert McCurdy wearing a black suit and gray tie, standing with his hands in his pockets against a white background.

Artist Sharon Sprung showed Michelle Obama reclining on a sofa in the Red Room of the White House while wearing a soft blue dress.

The portraits were painted from photographs of the former first couple.​

Some social media users thought the painting of Barack Obama was a little too real.

President Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama at the White House ceremony to unveil the official Obama White House portraits.

“Not gonna lie, I’ve zoomed in about a dozen times on President Obama’s portrait to see if it was a photo or an actual painting,” said journalist Kris Pangilinan on Twitter.

Another user thought the image lacked creativity.

“I don’t like it when a painted portrait tries to be a photograph. I wish there had been more imagination in it. #Obama,” posted the user GoodNeighborDave.

Others did not appreciate the white backdrop.

Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama standing next to their White House portraits.
The portraits of the former president and first lady had social media users express their opinions on the artworks.

“Obama’s portrait is a wonderful likeness but I’m not liking that stark white background,” said Maylene Movie Star. “Michelle’s doesn’t look much like her and seems stiff and amateurish.”

“It’s literally a meme,” Spectator contributing editor Stephen L. Miller said of the former president’s portrait.

Another user agreed, tweeting: “They will soon learn how regretful a choice the white background was. The only thing that would’ve been worse for him is if they’d painted him holding up a white sign.”

“Photorealistic on a white background. A work of undeniable skill but in the service of nothing remarkable. Truly bland, mistaking technical sophistication for having anything of interest to say. No artistic merit save for the lack thereof,” a third said, adding: “A perfect portrait of Obama.”

Meanwhile, the former first lady’s outfit reminded the National Republican Senatorial Committee staffer Quinn Gasaway of a certain children’s TV show.

“Michelle is literally on the Blues Clues set,” he wrote.

The White House portrait of Barack Obama.

Former President Barack Obama’s portrait was painted by Robert McCurdy.

The White House portrait of Michelle Obama.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s portrait was painted by Sharon Sprung.

Others were more forgiving.

“The Michelle Obama portrait is stunning,” one Twitter user said. “Beautiful painting.”

“Dear President and First Lady Obama, Congratulations,” comedian Paula Poundstone tweeted. “The portraits look beautiful because the subjects are.”

“The portraits capture the deep beauty, intelligence, and hope of @POTUS44 and Flotus @MichelleObama,” said Bernice Garcia Baca on Twitter. “The stark contrast of just President Obama against a bare white background symbolizes as much as anything could the meaning of his presence and position in the White House.”​​

.

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
Must Read

Texas murder suspects out on bond arrested for killing Houston deputy, authorities say

NEWYou can now listen to Acesparks articles! Two men out on bond for serial murder cases have been arrested in connection with...
- Advertisement -

Halle Bailey sings as Ariel in Disney’s trailer

ANAHEIM, Calif. – "The Little Mermaid" is swimming and singing again.Disney unveiled the first teaser trailer for the live-action version of the...

Taylor Swift shows ‘All Too Well,’ launches Oscar campaign in Toronto

TORONTO – Taylor Swift, Oscar nominee?A potential run at an Academy Awards run started for the music superstar Friday when she stopped by...

Florida father, son sought after allegedly beating man unconscious at wedding reception, sheriff says

NEWYou can now listen to Acesparks articles! A Florida man and his son are being sought for beating a man unconscious at...
Related News

Texas murder suspects out on bond arrested for killing Houston deputy, authorities say

NEWYou can now listen to Acesparks articles! Two men out on bond for serial murder cases have been arrested in connection with...

Halle Bailey sings as Ariel in Disney’s trailer

ANAHEIM, Calif. – "The Little Mermaid" is swimming and singing again.Disney unveiled the first teaser trailer for the live-action version of the...

Taylor Swift shows ‘All Too Well,’ launches Oscar campaign in Toronto

TORONTO – Taylor Swift, Oscar nominee?A potential run at an Academy Awards run started for the music superstar Friday when she stopped by...

Florida father, son sought after allegedly beating man unconscious at wedding reception, sheriff says

NEWYou can now listen to Acesparks articles! A Florida man and his son are being sought for beating a man unconscious at...

Illinois mayor ‘unhappy,’ says Chicago officials failed to inform him about migrants sent to town

NEWYou can now listen to Acesparks articles! The mayor of a suburban Chicago town is expressing frustration at both city and state...
- Advertisement -