Portraits Quotes

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Every time I paint a portrait I lose a friend.
There are only two styles of portrait painting; the serious and the smirk.
A great portrait is always more a portrait of the painter than of the painted.
Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.


It seems to be a law of nature that no man, unless he has some obvious physical deformity, ever is loathe to sit for his portrait.
I desire you would use all your skill to paint my picture truly like me, and not flatter me at all; but remark all these roughnesses, pimples, warts, and everything as you see me; otherwise I will never pay a farthing for it.
When you start with a portrait and search for a pure form...through successive eliminations, you arrive inevitably at the egg.  Likewise, starting with the egg and following the same process in reverse, one finishes with the portrait.