Our former president and first lady, Barack and Michelle Obama, will have their likeness in the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian. At first glance, I didn’t like either painting. After a bit of time though, President Obama’s painting is growing on me. I don’t see myself falling in love with it, but it’s a beautiful piece.
I’m afraid I’m still struggling with the painting of our first lady though. Don’t get me wrong, I also think it’s beautiful work. I can appreciate the artist’s talent. The busy background was what first made me recoil upon viewing the president’s painting, so I really appreciate the simplicity of Michelle’s. I also enjoy the black and white juxtaposed with color. The problem is that when I see her face, I don’t immediately see the first lady. That facial expression is entirely too serious not to be a dead ringer for a woman I always see smiling.
Ultimately, the only requirement I have is to recognize the person in the painting. Without Mrs. Obama standing next to the painting, would you see Michelle? I’m not so sure yet. Maybe I need more time.
But that’s me yall. What say you?