Monday, 10 December 2007

Portraits, portraits, portraits

The Mirror & The Mask - Portraiture in the age of Picasso

"Life is merely a fraction of a second.
An infinitely small amount of time to fulfill
our desires, our dreams, our passions." - Paul Gauguin

It is not vain; just very European. One should have them done to mark rites of passage by an artist in an unexpected style; an impression is as valid as a clear depiction.
Holiday snaps do not count. Holiday snaps or studio photographs printed onto canvas are not portraits, they are an abomination.

I would have liked to have been painted by Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dali, and Francis Bacon.
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An Aesthete's Lament said...

I'm far too vain to allow Kahlo, DalĂ­ or Bacon to record my fast eroding visage. That being said, if I could conjure any artist to do me (complimentary) justice, I'd pick (1) John Singer Sargent, (2) Bernard Boutet de Monvel, or (3) Hans Holbein the Younger. Holbein might not be entirely complimentary with his brush, but the details of his paintings are what fascinate me, so I'd be happy if he painted my double chin ... as long as he got the texture of the fabrics right.

HOBAC said...

Mitchell - Ha! Great choices - Sargent would be magnificent.
Based on your criteria, I would suit Boldini, Foujita, and Velasquez.
But, what is it Balenciaga said? Something about "flattery being for court photographers"?

Things That Inspire said...

This quote is absolutely brilliant!

I would have liked to have been painted by Sargent. Or perhaps Mary Cassatt. The again, perhaps Sorolla.