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Barack Obama’s Presidential Portrait

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Barack Obama’s Presidential Portrait

Joslynn Monroig, Student Life Editor

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February 12, 2018 a historical painting made its big debut. Former President Barack Obama’s official presidential portrait was revealed, but is shocking people across the nation. Obama’s portrait looks incredibly different than past presidential portraits.

 

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Kehinde Wiley, a Yale University-trained painter famous for his depiction of African-Americans was the one who painted the Obama’s portraits. Obama’s painting is the most modern out of all of the other paintings ever done, and Obama portrait is Wiley’s most famous to date. Each aspect of the portrait holds near to Obama’s heart; the flowers that are mixed into greenery include the chrysanthemum, the official flower of Chicago, Jasmine for Hawaii, there’s also African blue lilies, symbolic of Obama’s heritage.

The past presidential portraits look very sophisticated, professional, and serious, they all follow a traditional guidelines; but as you can see, Obama’s portrait is anything but traditional.

 

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Richard Nixon, served from 1969-1974

 

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Gerald Ford, served from 1974-1977

 

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Ronald Reagan, served from 1981-1989

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bill Clinton, served from 1993-2001

 

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George W. Bush, served from 2001-2009

 

Many have said that Obama’s portrait is the first of its’ kind, and the portraits to come will all follow this similar style, if not, Obama will stand out in history for years to come.

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