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 Portrait  

 Portrait  

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• Depictions that focus on a single character or a particular group of characters posed together

Portraiture seeks to capture the distinct character of the subject(s) depicted. Among other variations, portraits can be head studies, head and shoulders, head/shoulders/hands, or full body. With the focus on the character(s), any objects, clothing, settings, colors, or stylistic choices found in the painting/drawing might be seen as symbolic of the character(s) or indicative of the context in which the character(s) live or work.

An artist might choose a particular person on group of people as worthy of portraiture due to any number of emotions or situations – love, admiration, hatred, infatuation, friendship, family relationship, a commission from a patron, a random encounter, or an artist might create a project for which anyone is welcome to pose.

Portraiture generally reflects an interest in human character, but artists might also choose this genre as a vehicle for aesthetic expression, emphasizing abstraction, mark making, distortions, and/or palette exploration.

Featured: Self-Portrait by Vincent Van Gogh.

 Portrait  

 Portrait  

 Portrait