Hong Wu wrote:So Obama had his presidential portrait done by a racist black artist who apparently didn't study the themes of the other portraits at all.
And it's terrible.
At some level, I think Obama knows it's aesthetically challenged. He went on to praise the picture of Michelle, which I think says it all. What is a black man sitting on a chair in the bushes supposed to convey? It is certainly a significant departure from other presidential portraits.
Hong Wu wrote:But wait, there's more. 4Chan has noted that instead of using actual bushes as a reference, the artist copied a tile set, so the images of the leaves repeat throughout the picture.
Yeah. Except for Obama himself, the background is basically coloring book material. Even the depth perspective with the chair isn't working either.
Hong Wu wrote:An interesting finishing touch to a controversial presidency...
I wonder if he had a hand in it. If so, I guess that's how he wanted to be remembered. If not, I kind of feel bad for him. Some asshole did that kind of thing to Winston Churchill too.
Rugoz wrote:It's weird.
The background looks like one of those shitty tiled textures they used in earlier video games because rendering the geometry would have been too taxing.
Yeah, but it kind of sucks that he was cheated of the same level of dignity as the other portraits as banal as they may be. When you're caught tiling on a presidential portrait... I mean, that's just the height of laziness. I really came to dislike Obama after Benghazi although I never agreed with him policy-wise on almost anything. Yet, I feel kind of sorry for him.
I've always been a fan of Antoine-Jean Gros' portrait of Napolean at the Battle of the Arcole Bridge.