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Oklahoma City museum acquires painting by Obama portraitist

Posted: 6:00 AM, Feb 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-11 12:00:35Z
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- 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 copper surface.

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