Oklahoma City Museum Acquires Painting By Obama Portraitist

Sunday, February 10th 2019, 11:42 am
By: News 9

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art has acquired a painting by the artist who created President Barack Obama's official portrait.


Kehinde Wiley's painting titled "Jacob de Graeff" features a contemporary person in a style modeled on 17th-century Dutch artist Gerard ter Borch's portrait of Jacob de Graeff, a Dutch regent.


Museum president and CEO E. Michael Whittington says the museum wanted to acquire a Wiley painting after sponsoring an exhibition of his works in 2017. Wiley relied on his colorful, whimsical style to make his portrait of Obama a celebrated departure from previous presidential portraits.


The museum also has acquired a still-life painting by 17th-century Flemish master Jan van Kessel the Elder. It is representative of his meticulous style and preference for a copper surface.


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