The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery unveiled its commissioned portraits of former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama on Monday. Barack Obama was painted by artist Kehinde Wiley, seated in front of an ivy backdrop, while Michelle Obama was painted by Amy Sherald in a pale blue setting. Wiley and Sherald were the first black artists commissioned to paint a presidential couple for the Smithsonian.

“Kehinde was working at a disadvantage,” the 44th U.S. president joked at the ceremony. “His subject was less becoming. Not as fly.”

“I tried to negotiate less gray hair, but Kehinde’s artistic integrity would not allow it,” he added. “I tried to negotiate smaller ears, struck out on that again as well.”

Official portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama were unveiled Monday. (Barack by Kehinde Wiley; Michelle by Amy Sherald; images courtesy the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery)More

Obama said Wiley initially wanted to portray him with scepters and chifforobes.

“I had to explain that I’ve got enough political problems without you making me look like Napoleon,” he said. “We’ve got to bring it down just a touch.”

Michelle Obama had nothing but praise for Sherald’s process.

“I was blown away by the boldness of Amy’s colors,” she said. “In the first few seconds of our conversation, I knew she was the one for me.”

On Twitter, reactions to the portraits quickly poured in — with a mixture of admiration and mockery.

Can we talk about how stunningly powerful it is to see a black man in a garden the way Kehinde Wiley painted Barack Obama?!

It dismantles so much and creates new visions of masculinity that black men rarely have the public permission to explore. pic.twitter.com/pwycHtbbDX

— Brittany Packnett (@MsPackyetti) February 12, 2018

And Amy Sherald has OUR Michelle looking so divinely royal in garb others wouldn’t deem so.

This is a reenvisioning of excellence for black girls everywhere-for everyone of us, and every one who couldn’t understand us. pic.twitter.com/Zmnq7pO7LK

— Brittany Packnett (@MsPackyetti) February 12, 2018

The @BarackObama portrait pic.twitter.com/iOW2YM2cxD

— Betsy Klein (@betsy_klein) February 12, 2018

ok betsy pic.twitter.com/ol5PPxSwBy

— darth:™ (@darth) February 12, 2018

We should have known this was coming — pic.twitter.com/kZXdGOUzLo

— Karen Tumulty (@ktumulty) February 12, 2018

wait no sean wat are you doing pic.twitter.com/bLABp3wq4E

— delrayser (@delrayser) February 12, 2018

Obama, who has been critical of some of President Trump’s policies and comments, did not mention his successor in his speech — though he seemed to make a veiled reference at the current scandal engulfing the White House.

“We miss you guys,” Obama said, turning to some of his former aides in attendance. “We miss the way you carried yourselves.”

The Obama portraits unveiled Monday won’t be displayed in the White House — they will be on view at the National Portrait Gallery, home to the only other complete collection of presidential portraits.

Some other presidential portraits in the National Portrait Gallery: pic.twitter.com/wphSfQ5XqF

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) February 12, 2018

Another portrait of President Obama will eventually be unveiled at the White House, though likely not for a few years. President George W. Bush had his official White House portrait unveiling in May 2012 — late in President Obama’s first term.