Michelle Obama's Portrait Milly Dress Sends a Powerful Political Message

Michelle Obama's Portrait Milly Dress Sends a Powerful Political Message

Michelle Obama's Portrait Milly Dress Sends a Powerful Political Message

Sherald has depicted Michelle Obama in a dress by Michelle Smith's Milly label, tasteful but not extravagant department-store fashion that recalls the first lady's mix of couture and comfortable pragmatism. Michelle Obama is portrayed in a historical context. By borrowing stylistic elements from classical portrait painting and applying them to black and brown figures, Wiley encourages the viewer to contemplate the relationship between prestige and appearance. Her skin is painted grey, a signature style by Sherald, who does it in order to take away the assigned color of her subjects.

Sherald pained the former first lady in grayscale which was inspired by black and white pictures of African Americans from back in the day. "These artists were commissioned... because of how they work and a particular viewpoint".

Typically, an official presidential portrait unveiling at National Portrait Gallery might be a ho-hum affair, even with the traditional pomp and circumstance.

WorldNetDaily led its story about Wiley with the observation that Obama "apparently enjoys painting portraits of black women holding the severed heads of white people". Although Sherald selected a more subdued palette for her painting, her subject appears no less regal.

Valerie Mercer, curator of African American art at the DIA says she isn't concerned with the facial detail on Sherald's painting because art is about an artist's impression of reality.

Cillizza: My first reaction to the portrait was that it didn't look like Michelle Obama.

Portrait unveiling of former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama at the National Portrait
Portrait unveiling of former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama at the National Portrait

"I think when you look at the gesture, when you look at the pose, when you feel the whole coolness of the piece, to me that is Michelle Obama".

"I'm also thinking about all of the young people, particularly girls and girls of color".

Obama called his grand seven-foot portrait "pretty sharp". "I knew I wanted something that was colorful, something that had a bold kind of pattern on it". "We miss you guys", he said. "They exist in a place of the past, the present and the future", she says.

"Art asks questions and the artist answers them", Arroyo said during the segment.

"The ability to be the first African American painter to paint the first African American president of the United States was absolutely overwhelming", Wiley said. A swelling vein on the left side of the president's face, and the intensity of his gaze, suggest the "doesn't suffer fools gladly" impatience that occasionally flashed from him, a marked contrast with the smiling and laughing photographic portraits by Chuck Close that have until now stood in for the official portrait in the "America's Presidents" exhibition.

Hannity has habitually made it clear he's no fan of Obama and this isn't the first time he's promoted a conspiracy theory in relation to the former president. Her subjects, including the first lady, are exposed, and open, and that in itself is fairly radical within the narrow limits of presidential portraiture.

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