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The portrait gown wasn't the first time Smith had dressed Obama; Meredith Koop, the former first lady's stylist, had often reached out to Milly over the years.

The artists, chosen by the Obamas, have combined traditional representation with elements that underscore the complexity of their subjects, and the historic fact of their political rise. Wiley is known for painting portraits of prominent black figures in heroic and royal poses. As the painting was unveiled Monday, Obama said, "How about that?" Both artists have addressed the politics of race consistently in their past work, and both have done so in subtly savvy ways in these new commissions.

As in Sherald's previous paintings of African American subjects, Michelle Obama appears poised and powerful as she looks down on the viewer. Many of his works, which engage with hip-hop culture, have a distinct homoerotic quality as well.

The Wiley portrait of Obama can be seen left, and, at first, it resembles an awkward photoshop.

It does because his Obama portrait is one in a long line of celebrations of the American presidency - and it includes some basic, familiar elements of portraiture.

Michelle Obama said she "was a little overwhelmed, to say the least", after seeing her portrait.

As far as the "kill whitey" claim, it is true that Wiley once created a painting that featured a black woman severing the head of a white woman, and did tell New York Magazine that it was a satirical riff on the phrase.

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Wiley became the first African-American artist to paint an official presidential portrait for the gallery.

The two portraits render their subjects life-size, which underscores their historical importance and accomplishments.

They are stunning works unlike any other presidential portrait. She is distinct from all the other First Ladies to come before her.

If anyone was in doubt about Obama's extreme political leanings before, hopefully his choice of Wiley to paint his official portrait clarifies the matter for good.

Perhaps Michelle and Sherald went in this direction because they weren't attempting to create the Michelle we all know and love, but rather the version of Michelle that she sees for herself.

Sherald was 30 years old, finishing graduate school and training for a triathlon in 2004 when she chose to see a doctor. Sherald was attracted by the large, geometric patterns of the fabric, which recalls the style of Mondrian. Sherald also painted the first lady sitting, and much of our impression of Mrs. Obama has to do with her stature and impeccable posture.

The contrast of the artists' renderings of the backgrounds is also compelling. Wiley said that being the first black painter to paint the first black president of the U.S. Ultimately, the former First Lady chose a look that was almost identical to that from the runway, save for a slightly more covered dress.

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