Twitter users noted on Monday morning that Amy Sherald's portrait of former first lady Michelle Obama resembled someone else, not its muse.
"For Michelle Obama's portrait, we decided to paint someone else."— Ben (@BenHowe) February 12, 2018
The former first lady's painting was done by Sherald, a Baltimore-based artist who won the Gallery's 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition.
"As you may have guessed, I don't think there's anybody in my family who's had a portrait done, let alone a portrait that will hang in the National Gallery," Obama told attendees.
"I am a little overwhelmed, to say the least," she added. "I am humbled. I am honored. I'm proud, but most of all, I am so incredibly grateful to all of the people who came before me in this journey — the folks who built the foundation on which I stand."
Another Twitter user shared a collage of Sherald's previous artwork, which features bright-colored portraits of people that also do not appear to resemble their subjects.