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Portraits in Art

Self-portrait in a Straw Hat by Elisabeth-Louise Vigée-Lebrun

Popular Portraits

A portrait is an artistic representation of a person that display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person. The list below is some of the most popular Portraits featured on “Joy of Museums”.

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Quotes about Portraits

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“Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.”
– Oscar Wilde

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“A portrait is a painting with something wrong with the mouth.”
– John Singer Sargent

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“I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights that I am away from you.”
– Frida Kahlo

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“It takes a long time for a man to look like his portrait.”
– James Whistler

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“A man’s manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.”
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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“There are only two styles of portrait painting; the serious and the smirk.”
– Charles Dickens

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“I had no portrait, now, but am small, like the wren; and my hair is bold, like the chestnut bur; and my eyes, like the sherry in the glass, that the guest leaves.”
– Emily Dickinson

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“I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.”
– Frida Kahlo

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In art, there is no need for color; I see only light and shade. Give me a crayon, and I will paint your portrait.”
– Francisco Goya

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“And painted portraits have a life of their own that comes from deep in the soul of the painter and where the machine can’t go.”
– Vincent Van Gogh

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“Every time I paint a portrait I lose a friend.”
– John Singer Sargent

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“A portrait, to be a work of art, neither must nor may resemble the sitter… one must paint its atmosphere.”
– Umberto Boccioni

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“The dog is the perfect portrait subject. He doesn’t pose. He isn’t aware of the camera.”

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“The reason some portraits don’t look true to life is that some people make no effort to resemble their pictures.”
– Salvador Dalí

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“I would wish my portraits to be of the people, not like them. Not having a look of the sitter, being them.”
– Lucian Freud

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“Self-portraiture is something one should never get involved in since it is wrong to lie even though one’s endeavours to tell the truth.”
– Ingmar Bergman

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“When having my portrait painted I don’t want justice, I want mercy.”
– Billy Hughes

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“I do not paint a portrait to look like the subject,
rather does the person grow to look like his portrait.”

– Salvador Dali

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Photo Credit: 1) Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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