Barack and Michelle Obama have unveiled their official portraits at a White House ceremony hosted by President Joe Biden.
Obamas unveil White House portraits
The American artist selected by former President Barack Obama to paint his official White House portrait says the “stripped down” style of his works helps create an “encounter” between the person in the painting and the person looking at it.
Robert McCurdy likes to present his subjects without any facial expression and standing against a white background, which is how America’s 44th and first black president is seen, in a black suit and gray tie, in his portrait which was finally revealed on Wednesday.
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden invited Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama back to the White House to unveil their official portraits. It will be Mrs Obama’s first visit since her husband’s presidency ended in January 2017. Obama visited in April to help celebrate the anniversary of the major health care law he signed.
The former first lady chose artist Sharon Sprung to do her portrait. She is depicted seated on a sofa in the Red Room, wearing a formal light blue dress.