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The art of portraiture

The portrait is one of the oldest genres of painting known to art, and it first appeared in ancient Egypt. For several centuries, there was a tendency to idealize features in order flatter important patrons for whom the portrait was for. Then, progressively, artists started to turn to ordinary people for their sitters, with fewer requirements limiting their choices, they were able to paint increasingly realist works.

Portraiture was influenced by the many movements of the 20th century and, rather than getting closer to reality, painters used portraits as a means to experiment with new artistic techniques and theories. Photography and sculpture followed a similar path, thus showing the incredible creativity and interpretation of artists.

Today there is an enormous variety of unusual portraits that don't aim flatter their sitters in the least but rather be expressive. Disfigured faces, surprising collages, distorted human forms and even creatures that are half-human, half-animal: there are no rules and creativity flows!

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Bernard Pras, Courbet, Photography

Bernard Pras

Courbet, 2014
40.9 x 33.9 x 2 inch
Photography

$6,082

Béatrice Terra, Petit portrait 1, Painting

Béatrice Terra

Petit portrait 1, 2017
18.1 x 15 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$803

Edvard Munch, Le Cri / The Scream / Geschrei - 1895, Print

Edvard Munch

Le Cri / The Scream / Geschrei - 1895, 2017
25.6 x 19.3 inch
Print

$791

Alain Crocq, Gueules cassées #1, Painting

Alain Crocq

Gueules cassées #1, 2011
51.2 x 38.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$5,839

Caroline Limousin, The eye of peace, Drawing

Caroline Limousin

The eye of peace, 2015
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch
Drawing

$6,082

Nathan Chantob, Le modèle, Painting

Nathan Chantob

Le modèle, 2015
63 x 47.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$7,907

James Vaulkhard, Hendrix, Print

James Vaulkhard

Hendrix, 2017
31 x 23.5 x 0.5 inch
Print

$1,387

Hormoz, Apparition by Hormoz, Photography

Hormoz

Apparition by Hormoz, 2009
23.6 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$973

Manu Perez, Ou, Drawing

Manu Perez

Ou, 2015
25.6 x 19.7 inch
Drawing

$584

Zafi, Cerveau coloré, Painting

Zafi

Cerveau coloré, 2017
36.2 x 29.1 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$3,041

Bernard Pras, Clown, Print

Bernard Pras

Clown, 2013
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Print

$1,216

Manu Perez, Portrait au casque, Drawing

Manu Perez

Portrait au casque, 2015
55.1 x 40.9 x 0.8 inch
Drawing

$4,014

Loule Thierry, Pénélope, Painting

Loule Thierry

Pénélope, 2017
36.2 x 28.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$5,474

Mimi Rico, Lips at Least, Painting

Mimi Rico

Lips at Least, 2015
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Painting

$1,192

Mathias Le Forestier, Portrait Homme, Painting

Mathias Le Forestier

Portrait Homme, 2017
51.2 x 51.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$3,893

Béatrice Terra, Petit portrait 2, Painting

Béatrice Terra

Petit portrait 2, 2017
18.1 x 15 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$803

Pelin Özgöçen, Portrait 7, Painting

Pelin Özgöçen

Portrait 7, 2016
7.9 x 7.9 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$304

Agnès Bouche, Portrait (adolescence), Painting

Agnès Bouche

Portrait (adolescence), 2016
11.8 x 15.7 x 3.1 inch
Painting

$2,190

Lee Jeffries, Untitled XXIII, Photography

Lee Jeffries

Untitled XXIII, 2016
31.5 x 31.5 x 2 inch
Photography

$2,920

Claire Luxton, This Is Fabric (Portrait Series No 2), Photography

Claire Luxton

This Is Fabric (Portrait Series No 2), 2015
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Photography

$822

Maurice Renoma, Acte pulsionnel - M14, Photography

Maurice Renoma

Acte pulsionnel - M14, 1999
27.6 x 39.4 inch
Photography

$4,258

Patrick Sarfati, Portrait pour Quintessence d'artistes, Photography

Patrick Sarfati

Portrait pour Quintessence d'artistes, 2016
31.5 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$718

David Crismon, Half Portrait in Orange, Painting

David Crismon

Half Portrait in Orange, 2015
33.9 x 27.2 x 2.8 inch
Painting

$6,326

Otto D'Ambra, Portrait, Print

Otto D'Ambra

Portrait, 2013
16.5 x 11 inch
Print

$231

Evgenia Saré, Portrait de famille, Painting

Evgenia Saré

Portrait de famille, 2016
31.9 x 39.4 inch
Painting

$4,866

Alain Crocq, Un consommateur, Painting

Alain Crocq

Un consommateur, 2015
36.2 x 28.7 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,886

Edvard Munch, Le Cri / The Scream / Geschrei - 1895, Print

Edvard Munch

Le Cri / The Scream / Geschrei - 1895, 2017
25.6 x 19.3 inch
Print

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The Hyde's Asylum, Eplucher, Painting

The Hyde's Asylum

Eplucher, 2017
35.4 x 27.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,703

Velislava Gecheva, Self - Portrait With Pipe, Painting

Velislava Gecheva

Self - Portrait With Pipe, 2015
47.2 x 59.1 x 2 inch
Painting

$2,676

Grégoire Camuzet, Portrait pour Quintessence d'artistes, Photography

Grégoire Camuzet

Portrait pour Quintessence d'artistes, 2016
23.6 x 31.5 inch
Photography

$718

Léonard Foujita, Portrait d'un ami, Drawing

Léonard Foujita

Portrait d'un ami, 1926
11.8 x 9.4 inch
Drawing

$19,099

Pascale Barret, This is me ! Marilyn, Photography

Pascale Barret

This is me ! Marilyn, 2015
17.7 x 11.8 inch
Photography

$1,825

Claude Weisbuch, Portrait de B, Print

Claude Weisbuch

Portrait de B, 1986
29.9 x 22 inch
Print

$852

Juan Carlos López Davis, L'Homme en fête se fait un flash selfie, Painting

Juan Carlos López Davis

L'Homme en fête se fait un flash selfie, 2015
19.7 x 15.7 x 2 inch
Painting

$1,825

Mimi Rico, Baroque, Painting

Mimi Rico

Baroque, 2015
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Painting

$1,192

Thierry Baumgarten, Portrait flou de femme, Photography

Thierry Baumgarten

Portrait flou de femme, 2016
11.8 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$730

Michel Saint-Lambert, Portrait 1, Drawing

Michel Saint-Lambert

Portrait 1, 2016
11.8 x 9.4 x 0.8 inch
Drawing

$219

Michel Aubert, Portrait, Print

Michel Aubert

Portrait, 1991
36.2 x 28.7 inch
Print

$426

Alexander Calder, Portrait de Constantin Tacou, Print

Alexander Calder

Portrait de Constantin Tacou, 1974
19.3 x 13.4 inch
Print

$2,433

Nathalie Deshairs, Portrait 1, Painting

Nathalie Deshairs

Portrait 1, 2016
19.7 x 19.7 inch
Painting

$1,460

Matthew Rose, Portrait of a Believer, Drawing

Matthew Rose

Portrait of a Believer, 2016
12 x 9 x 1 inch
Drawing

$608

Loule Thierry, 45 secondes avant de peindre, Painting

Loule Thierry

45 secondes avant de peindre, 2017
36.2 x 28.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$5,474

Valerio Adami, Portrait de Jacques Derrida, Print

Valerio Adami

Portrait de Jacques Derrida, 2004
32.7 x 24 inch
Print

$426

Claire Luxton, The Bride's Well Triptych 2 (I), Photography

Claire Luxton

The Bride's Well Triptych 2 (I), 2015
39.4 x 26.4 inch
Photography

$2,193

Juan Carlos López Davis, Mafioso fait une grimace à sa victime, Painting

Juan Carlos López Davis

Mafioso fait une grimace à sa victime, 2015
27.6 x 19.7 x 2 inch
Painting

$1,460

James Vaulkhard, Bowie, Print

James Vaulkhard

Bowie, 2017
23.5 x 31 x 0.5 inch
Print

$1,387

Michel Saint-Lambert, Mademoiselle, Painting

Michel Saint-Lambert

Mademoiselle, 2015
18.1 x 14.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$596

Alexandrine Deshayes, Portrait de Carla B, Painting

Alexandrine Deshayes

Portrait de Carla B, 2012
57.5 x 44.9 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$5,596

Mathias Le Forestier, L'homme et l'ankoù, Painting

Mathias Le Forestier

L'homme et l'ankoù, 2016
59.1 x 59.1 x 1.6 inch
Painting

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Corinne Héraud, Vanité, série Eternelles, Photography

Corinne Héraud

Vanité, série Eternelles, 2014
39.4 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$3,041

Franck Doat, Collection "Face", Photography

Franck Doat

Collection "Face", 2016
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$2,555

Pascale Barret, This is me ! Louise Brooks, Photography

Pascale Barret

This is me ! Louise Brooks, 2014
17.7 x 11.8 inch
Photography

$1,825

Paul Kostabi, Portrait ##, Drawing

Paul Kostabi

Portrait ##, 2015
24 x 18.9 inch
Drawing

$1,097

Etcaetera, Jeune fille à la perle, Drawing

Etcaetera

Jeune fille à la perle, 2016
31.5 x 31.5 x 2.4 inch
Drawing

$1,581

Axe Colours, Dali, Print

Axe Colours

Dali, 2014
11.8 x 8.3 inch
Print

$365

Justin Jones, Enemies of the People, Painting

Justin Jones

Enemies of the People, 2013
20.5 x 20.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,433

Pelin Özgöçen, Portrait 9, Painting

Pelin Özgöçen

Portrait 9, 2016
7.9 x 7.9 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$304

Evgenia Saré, Ballerine, Painting

Evgenia Saré

Ballerine, 2016
31.9 x 26 inch
Painting

$3,893

Jean-Yves Goujard, L'homme du tramway, Photography

Jean-Yves Goujard

L'homme du tramway, 2016
23.6 x 35.4 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$2,061

Sid'Ali Hams, Portrait de femme "L'air du soupçon", Painting

Sid'Ali Hams

Portrait de femme "L'air du soupçon", 2009
18.1 x 15 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$487

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James Vaulkhard

United Kingdom

Caroline Limousin

France

Thierry Baumgarten

France

Alexandrine Deshayes

France

Dominic Rouse

United Kingdom

The Hyde's Asylum

France

Pelin Özgöçen

Turkey

Etcaetera

France

Claire Luxton

United Kingdom

Agnès Bouche

France

Michel Saint-Lambert

France

Loule Thierry

France

Mathias Le Forestier

France

Justin Jones

United Kingdom

Velislava Gecheva

Bulgaria

Mimi Rico

France

Patrick Sarfati

France

Grégoire Camuzet

France

Michal Konsewicz

Poland

Sid'Ali Hams

France

Axe Colours

Spain

Franck Doat

France

Michel Aubert

France

Claude Weisbuch

France

Jean-Yves Goujard

France

Evgenia Saré

Armenia

Jing Wang

China

Zafi

France

Alexander Calder

United States

Lee Jeffries

United Kingdom

Corinne Héraud

France

Paul Kostabi

United States

MayaK

France

Edvard Munch

Norway

Matthew Rose

United States

Juan Carlos López Davis

Spain

Alain Crocq

France

Léonard Foujita

Japan

Geert Lemmers

Netherlands

David Crismon

United States

Béatrice Terra

France

Nathalie Deshairs

France

Otto D'Ambra

Italy

Manu Perez

France

Maurice Renoma

France

Pascale Barret

Belgium

Hormoz

France

Fred Benoit

France

Brno Del Zou

France

Valerio Adami

Italy

Nathan Chantob

France

Bernard Pras

France