Both are the first African-American artists to make official portraits of a presidential couple in the history of the Gallery, which is part of the prestigious Smithsonian Institution. Milly co-founder and creative director Michelle Smith is the one whose gown is featured in the former first lady's official portrait.
The man behind Obama's portrait is Kehinde Wiley, an American of Nigerian descent best known for his vibrant, large-scale paintings of African-Americans.
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"To be honest, I was anticipating - hoping for - a bolder, more incisive image of the strong-voiced person I imagine this former first lady to be".
They also share that their works - many of which give prominence to African-American figures nearly absent from the art of portraiture in the West - break conventional schemes in that genre, and interweave the politics of the racial relations of contemporary life. Of the dress's silhouette she added, "The dress reveals her attractive shoulder and arms, which I think is very groundbreaking in a portrait of the First Lady". "I know the kind of impact that will have on their lives, because I was one of those girls". Indeed, the pose of Obama, who is seen in a dark suit with an open-collar shirt, sitting with his arms crossed and resting on his knees, recalls Robert Anderson's official 2008 portrait of George W. Bush, who is rendered in a similar, casual pose. These are not your mama's portraits, in other words.
"The more I look at it, the more I love it".
The result is a work that embraces Obama's own personal story.
America's 44th president revealed that "like Michelle, I have never had a painting done of myself", and that no one in his family tree had, either, as far as he could tell. The subject though, is a departure for the artist, who are often, as the Village Voice described in 2015, "young people of color who in these pictures are gussied up in the trappings of art history or Givenchy".
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.