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The art of portraiture

Portraits are 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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Alexander Calder, Portrait de Constantin Tacou, Print

Alexander Calder

Portrait de Constantin Tacou, 1974
19.3 x 13.4 inch
Print

$2,318

Bernard Pras, Clown, Print

Bernard Pras

Clown, 2013
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Print

$1,159

Béatrice Terra, Petit portrait 2, Painting

Béatrice Terra

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

$765

Our recommendations MayaK, Déconstruction du moi, naissance à soi, Painting

MayaK

Déconstruction du moi, naissance à soi, 2015
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$4,636

François Farouk, Echos, Painting

François Farouk

Echos, 2015
57.5 x 44.9 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$5,332

Michal Konsewicz, Portrait Water pour Quintessence d'artistes, Photography

Michal Konsewicz

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

$684

Patrick Sarfati, Portrait pour Quintessence d'artistes, Photography

Patrick Sarfati

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

$684

Claude Weisbuch, Portrait de B, Print

Claude Weisbuch

Portrait de B, 1986
29.9 x 22 inch
Print

$811

Hormoz, Apparition by Hormoz, Photography

Hormoz

Apparition by Hormoz, 2009
23.6 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$927

Our recommendations Axe Colours, Dali, Print

Axe Colours

Dali, 2014
11.8 x 8.3 inch
Print

$348

Manu Perez, Portrait au casque, Drawing

Manu Perez

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

$3,825

Our recommendations James Vaulkhard, Bowie, Print

James Vaulkhard

Bowie, 2017
23.5 x 31 x 0.5 inch
Print

$1,321

Grégoire Camuzet, Portrait pour Quintessence d'artistes, Photography

Grégoire Camuzet

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

$684

Justin Jones, Enemies of the People, Painting

Justin Jones

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

$2,318

Our recommendations Jing Wang, Tu sais pourquoi je suis venue en France ?! , Photography

Jing Wang

Tu sais pourquoi je suis venue en France ?! , 2013
21.3 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$2,782

Caroline Limousin, The eye of peace, Drawing

Caroline Limousin

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

$5,795

Valerio Adami, Portrait de Jacques Derrida, Print

Valerio Adami

Portrait de Jacques Derrida, 2004
32.7 x 24 inch
Print

$580

Jean-Philippe Berger, Femme au turban 2, Painting

Jean-Philippe Berger

Femme au turban 2, 2019
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$904

Martin, Africa Hearth, Painting

Martin

Africa Hearth, 2017
35.4 x 35.4 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$1,101

Lee Jeffries, Untitled XXIII, Photography

Lee Jeffries

Untitled XXIII, 2016
31.5 x 31.5 x 2 inch
Photography

$2,782

Maxime Frairot, Photo de famille 49, Painting

Maxime Frairot

Photo de famille 49, 2019
19.7 x 24 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$568

Matthew Rose, Mother, Painting

Matthew Rose

Mother, 2014
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$985

Our recommendations Brno Del Zou, Léna, Photography

Brno Del Zou

Léna, 2014
39.4 x 31.5 x 6.3 inch
Photography

$4,173

Our recommendations Brno Del Zou, Claude, Photography

Brno Del Zou

Claude, 2013
39.4 x 29.5 x 6.3 inch
Photography

$4,173

Matthew Rose, Portrait of a Believer, Drawing

Matthew Rose

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

$580

Raf Urban, Sans titre 07, Painting

Raf Urban

Sans titre 07, 2018
25.6 x 21.3 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$637

Bernard Pras, Courbet, Photography

Bernard Pras

Courbet, 2014
40.9 x 33.9 x 2 inch
Photography

$5,795

Our recommendations Maurice Renoma, Acte pulsionnel - M14, Photography

Maurice Renoma

Acte pulsionnel - M14, 1999
27.6 x 39.4 inch
Photography

$4,057

Matthew Rose, Q et tu, Painting

Matthew Rose

Q et tu, 2014
22.8 x 22 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,159

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

$464

Our recommendations 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

$684

Nyne Factory, Your own world, Painting

Nyne Factory

Your own world, 2017
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$1,739

Dadao, Dali, Painting

Dadao

Dali, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$637

Béatrice Terra, Gueule cassée, Painting

Béatrice Terra

Gueule cassée, 2016
15.7 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$637

Thierry Loule, 45 secondes avant de peindre, Painting

Thierry Loule

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

$5,216

Gédéon Yayir Kohen, Toi et Moi, Painting

Gédéon Yayir Kohen

Toi et Moi, 2018
39.4 x 58.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,318

Pascale Barret, This is me ! Louise Brooks, Photography

Pascale Barret

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

$1,739

Thierry Loule, Pénélope, Painting

Thierry Loule

Pénélope, 2017
36.2 x 28.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$5,216

Our recommendations Otto D'Ambra, Introversion, Print

Otto D'Ambra

Introversion, 2013
15.4 x 11 inch
Print

$284

Otto D'Ambra, Portrait, Print

Otto D'Ambra

Portrait, 2013
16.5 x 11 inch
Print

$220

Mathias Le Forestier, Portrait Homme, Painting

Mathias Le Forestier

Portrait Homme, 2017
51.2 x 51.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$3,709

Our recommendations Pascale Barret, This is me ! Marilyn, Photography

Pascale Barret

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

$1,739

Our recommendations Pascale Barret, This is me ! Simone, Photography

Pascale Barret

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

$1,739

Corinne Héraud, Vanité, série Eternelles, Photography

Corinne Héraud

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

$2,898

Alain Crocq, Gueules cassées #1, Painting

Alain Crocq

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

$5,563

Alain Crocq, Un consommateur, Painting

Alain Crocq

Un consommateur, 2015
36.2 x 28.7 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,797

Jean-Yves Goujard, Emotion volée 01, Photography

Jean-Yves Goujard

Emotion volée 01, 2009
23.6 x 35.4 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$1,963

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

$1,963

David Crismon, Half Portrait in Orange, Painting

David Crismon

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

$6,027

Alexandrine Deshayes, Portrait de Carla B, Painting

Alexandrine Deshayes

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

$11,011

Michel Saint-Lambert, Mademoiselle, Painting

Michel Saint-Lambert

Mademoiselle, 2015
18.1 x 14.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$568

Agnès Bouche, Portrait (adolescence), Painting

Agnès Bouche

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

$2,086

Pelin Özgöçen, Portrait 7, Painting

Pelin Özgöçen

Portrait 7, 2016
7.9 x 7.9 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$290

Pelin Özgöçen, Portrait 9, Painting

Pelin Özgöçen

Portrait 9, 2016
7.9 x 7.9 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$290

Pelin Özgöçen, Portrait 10, Painting

Pelin Özgöçen

Portrait 10, 2016
7.9 x 7.9 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$290

Michel Saint-Lambert, Portrait 1, Drawing

Michel Saint-Lambert

Portrait 1, 2016
11.8 x 9.4 x 0.8 inch
Drawing

$209

Mimi Rico, Lips at Least, Painting

Mimi Rico

Lips at Least, 2015
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Painting

$1,136

Our recommendations Mimi Rico, Baroque, Painting

Mimi Rico

Baroque, 2015
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Painting

$1,136

Dominic Rouse, Ecce Homo, Photography

Dominic Rouse

Ecce Homo, 2002
24 x 20 inch
Photography

$1,298 $1,854

Our recommendations James Vaulkhard, Hendrix, Print

James Vaulkhard

Hendrix, 2017
31 x 23.5 x 0.5 inch
Print

$1,321

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