obama white house portraits stir strong reactions online
The official portraits of former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama were unveiled at the White House on Wednesday, and the event sparked online art criticism.
The Obamas made their first joint appearance at the White House since the 44th president departed office in 2017.
as visitors of the East Room ceremony hosted by President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden.
Robert McCurdy's photograph of the former president shows him standing with his hands in his pockets on a white background while wearing a black suit and grey tie.
Michelle Obama, dressed in a light blue outfit, was shown by artist Sharon Sprung lounging on a sofa in the Red Room of the White House.
The former first couple's photos served as the inspiration for the pictures.
The portrait of Barack Obama was perceived by some social media users as being a touch too accurate.
On Twitter, writer Kris Pangilinan said, "Not going to lie, I've zoomed in on President Obama's image about a dozen times to check whether it was a photo or a real painting."
Another person criticised the image for being unoriginal.