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Postby 41Forever » Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:17 pm

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Today was the unveiling of the Obamas' portraits for the National Gallery.

I like them! Different.

I suspect the portraits that will hang in the White House will be a little more traditional.

If you ever get the chance, definitely explore the presidential portraits in the National Gallery. My daughter and I went to DC a couple years ago, and checked off everything on our list of things to see -- except for the Newseum, which was closed because of power outage -- and discovered the gallery was open late that night. I could have spent an entire day just in the presidential section. You'll recognize many, of not most, of them -- Lincoln in a chair, Franklin Roosevelt with the close-ups of his hands at the bottom.

https://americaspresidents.si.edu/

Norman Rockwell's Nixon is my favorite. I don't like Clinton's. A little too abstract.

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Postby Vic Sage » Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:26 pm

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I like those Obamas...and i like the paintings, too. They remind me of Rousseau's work.
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Postby Nymr83 » Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:34 pm

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Clinton's is terrible.
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Postby 41Forever » Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:39 pm

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The early ones are pretty similar, but I like how the styles started to shift a little in the early 20th Century, starting with Taft. Kennedy’s is pretty impressionistic, but the eyes are perfect. Both of the Bush portraits are pretty neat, for very different reasons.

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Postby Edgy MD » Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:32 pm

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President Obama, I thought we were now frowning on manspreading?
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I guess it's okay if you're sitting in dense vegetation.

I don't like the Clinton picture either. It's weird, and it also seems to overly highlight his bulbous nose.

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Postby Lefty Specialist » Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:56 pm

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Those portraits are kinda weird.

If you're in DC, you MUST see the Newseum. It's amazing- the first time we went there we spent an entire day and they were kicking us out the door when it closed. It's also losing lots of money and may have to close for good, which would be a tragedy.
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Postby 41Forever » Mon Feb 12, 2018 3:10 pm

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Here's the Rockwell Nixon. Very different than the others, definitely a Rockwell. He said it's a little flattering to Nixon -- more hair, fewer jowls. I like it.


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I like how the George H.W. Bush portrait focuses on his face, and the rest gets softer.

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And FDR's with the hand studies.

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Postby LeiterWagnerFasterStrongr » Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:04 am

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Clinton's HAS to be a Chuck Close.

I think I prefer Michelle's, which makes her look leonine and contemplative and strong. His portrait makes him look swallowed by circumstance. Which... maybe it IS the better portrait.
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Nixon's portrait seems to be saying, "Well, I don't look that bad NOW, do I?"
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Postby Edgy MD » Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:10 am

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LeiterWagnerFasterStrongr wrote:I think I prefer Michelle's, which makes her look leonine and contemplative and strong.

The hairstyle they chose to immortalize, I fear, will look distressingly dated through the years. But I'm more concerned with the colors of the dress having more life and richness to them than her flesh, which looks defeated, gray, ashen, for which the painter has a reason no doubt, but it doesn't honor or represent the woman I think I've seen or the one I think she has tried to project.

I mean ... you're finished?

LeiterWagnerFasterStrongr wrote:His portrait makes him look swallowed by circumstance. Which... maybe it IS the better portrait.

You'd kind of like to leave behind a statement that projects some sort of authority, rather than presenting yourself as under duress, subject to outside forces.

I don't know. I'm all for a non-traditional approach, in theory. But it seems that you risk, in subjecting yourself to a possibly fleeting style, marginalizing your image and your legacy. This is supposed to be an authoritative and official and somewhat defining pair of images.

As with much of art, time will tell. I'm almost always right about architecture, but not so much with portrait painting.
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Postby 41Forever » Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:44 am

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Clinton's official White House portrait is tamer.

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I'd forgotten about the controversy regarding his National Portrait Gallery painting with the shadow of the blue dress. The impressionistic version must be the Plan B.

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Postby Edgy MD » Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:35 pm

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Tamer perhaps, but not everybody was a fan.

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Wow, I thought that too, but I have no Photoshop skillz.

Though he IS a White Sox fan.
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Postby Valadius » Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:59 pm

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I eagerly await the White House portraits.

Fun fact - the White House portrait of the most recent former president - once it's unveiled - receives prime placement in the entrance hall right across from the stairs to the residence.
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Postby Benjamin Grimm » Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:07 pm

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It's unfortunate that Donald Trump will one day occupy that spot, but at the same time, I hope it happens as soon as possible.

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Postby John Cougar Lunchbucket » Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:27 am

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We were visiting the gorgeous Capital building in Denver which had a room with portrait of every US prez and I could barely walk around it without feeling disgusted and embarrassed for every man there. What a tragic disgrace that any of them will be associated.
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Postby Nymr83 » Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:32 am

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Benjamin Grimm wrote:It's unfortunate that Donald Trump will one day occupy that spot, but at the same time, I hope it happens as soon as possible.


Well, if all of you on the left got your wish he could occupy the spot for a single day between his impeachment and Pence's? :)
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Postby Edgy MD » Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:31 am

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I'm not on the left.

I revile their administration as an American. I seek their removal as an American.
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Postby SteveJRogers » Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:24 pm

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Nymr83 wrote:
Benjamin Grimm wrote:It's unfortunate that Donald Trump will one day occupy that spot, but at the same time, I hope it happens as soon as possible.


Well, if all of you on the left got your wish he could occupy the spot for a single day between his impeachment and Pence's? :)


Pretty sure the wishes of those on the #Resist side is for everyone on the line of succession gone until they get to the first extreme progressive lib. ;)

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Postby Edgy MD » Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:12 pm

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I'm on the #resist side and have been since the day he entered the race, and no, I am not rooting for everyone to be gone until I can get the first "progressive lib." I am rooting for the removal of our inept, criminal, un-American, treasonous, despot of a president.

It's reducing people to caricature labels that is a big part of what got us into this disaster.
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Postby SteveJRogers » Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:31 pm

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Edgy MD wrote:I'm on the #resist side and have been since the day he entered the race, and no, I am not rooting for everyone to be gone until I can get the first "progressive lib." I am rooting for the removal of our inept, criminal, un-American, treasonous, despot of a president.

It's reducing people to caricature labels that is a big part of what got us into this disaster.


True, but I do see social media pages and hashtags that include Pence and other Republicans as if the party as a whole is the inept, criminal, un-American, treasonous cancer that needs to be removed, not just the POTUS.

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Postby Edgy MD » Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:40 pm

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Well, if you think it's cool to go to Everyone on the #resist side" from I do see, then you do. I don't.

I do see a lot of things. But if you make broad characterizations about people based on selective data, you're gonna do a lot of damage. And a lot of damage has been done.

And I fully understand holding in contempt everyone that enables or attempts to normalize the president.
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