Barack and Michelle Obama Return to the White House to Unveil Official Portraits

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Michelle and Barack Obama have returned to the White House.

On Wednesday, President Joe Biden and his wife, First Lady Jill Biden, welcomed the former first couple as they visited the residence to unveil their official portraits, more than five years after Obama’s tenure ended.

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Barack Obama’s portrait was painted by Robert McCurdy while Michelle Obama’s was painted by Sharon Sprung.

McCurdy’s portrayal of the former president is a hyper-realistic portrait, with Barack Obama posing with his hands in his pockets in a crisp black suit with a gray tie and a pin of the American flag against a white background.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 07: The official Obama White House portraits are unveiled during a ceremony at the White House on September 7, 2022 in Washington, DC. The Obama’s portraits will be the first official portraits added to the White House Collection since President Obama held an unveiling ceremony for George W. Bush and Laura Bush in 2012. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)
The official Obama White House portraits are unveiled during a ceremony at the White House on Sept. 7.

Sprung, on the other hand, used bright colors to enliven Michelle Obama’s painting, using hues such as pink, red and baby blue. The former first lady is depicted sitting on a sofa in the White House’s Red Room wearing a blue off-the-shoulder dress as her signature loose curls frame her face.

For Wednesday’s reveal, Michelle Obama wore an ombre pink and red short-sleeve dress by Christy Rilling with a see-through top paired with suede brown pumps and drop earrings by Briony Raymond, styling her in a bun.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 07: (L-R) Former U.S. President Barack Obama, former First Lady Michelle Obama, U.S. President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrive at a ceremony to unveil the official Obama White House portraits at the White House on September 7, 2022 in Washington, DC. The Obama’s portraits will be the first official portraits added to the White House Collection since President Obama held an unveiling ceremony for George W. Bush and Laura Bush in 2012. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)
Former U.S. President Barack Obama, former First Lady Michelle Obama, U.S. President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrive at a ceremony to unveil the official Obama White House portraits at the White House on Sept. 7.

Barack Obama wore a black suit with a pinstripe blue button-down and navy blue tie.

The paintings will hang inside the White House for years and mark the first portraits since the unveiling of former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush’s portraits by John Howard Sanden in 2012, which was held by the Obamas.

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