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UNCONVENTIONAL 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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James Vaulkhard, Hendrix, Print

James Vaulkhard

Hendrix, 2017
31 x 23.5 x 0.5 inch
Print

$1,345

Béatrice Terra, Petit portrait 1, Painting

Béatrice Terra

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

$778

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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

$649

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Armen Gasparian, Nid d'oiseaux, Painting

Armen Gasparian

Nid d'oiseaux, 2013
27.6 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$5,780

Nathan Chantob, Embrumée, Painting

Nathan Chantob

Embrumée, 2016
44.5 x 57.1 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$6,959

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Alain Crocq, Gueules cassées #1, Painting

Alain Crocq

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

$5,662

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Caroline Limousin, The eye of peace, Drawing

Caroline Limousin

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

$5,898

Hormoz, Apparition by Hormoz, Photography

Hormoz

Apparition by Hormoz, 2009
23.6 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$944

Juan Carlos López Davis, Retrato a señor de sombrero (Portrait de monsieur à chapeau), Painting

Juan Carlos López Davis

Retrato a señor de sombrero (Portrait de monsieur à chapeau), 2016
17.7 x 12.6 x 1.6 inch
Painting

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Manu Perez, Ou, Drawing

Manu Perez

Ou, 2015
25.6 x 19.7 inch
Drawing

$566

Manu Perez, Portrait au casque, Drawing

Manu Perez

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

$3,892

Loule Thierry, Pénélope, Painting

Loule Thierry

Pénélope, 2017
36.2 x 28.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$5,308

Mimi Rico, Lips at Least, Painting

Mimi Rico

Lips at Least, 2015
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Painting

$1,156

António Trindade, Untitled #42, Painting

António Trindade

Untitled #42, 2015
6.7 x 7.9 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$377

Mathias Le Forestier, Portrait Homme, Painting

Mathias Le Forestier

Portrait Homme, 2017
51.2 x 51.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$3,774

Béatrice Terra, Petit portrait 2, Painting

Béatrice Terra

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

$778

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Pelin Özgöçen, Portrait 7, Painting

Pelin Özgöçen

Portrait 7, 2016
7.9 x 7.9 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$295

Lluís Barba, Self Portrait - Kahlo, Photography

Lluís Barba

Self Portrait - Kahlo, 2011
43.3 x 35.4 inch
Photography

$10,616

Agnès Bouche, Portrait (adolescence), Painting

Agnès Bouche

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

$2,123

Lee Jeffries, Untitled XXIII, Photography

Lee Jeffries

Untitled XXIII, 2016
31.5 x 31.5 x 2 inch
Photography

$2,831

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

$802

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Maurice Renoma, Acte pulsionnel - M14, Photography

Maurice Renoma

Acte pulsionnel - M14, 1999
27.6 x 39.4 inch
Photography

$4,128

Patrick Sarfati, Portrait pour Quintessence d'artistes, Photography

Patrick Sarfati

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

$696

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Anna Zuber, Memories // Girls, Photography

Anna Zuber

Memories // Girls, 2015
9.8 x 9.8 x 1.6 inch
Photography

$354

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David Crismon, Half Portrait in Orange, Painting

David Crismon

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

$6,133

Otto D'Ambra, Portrait, Print

Otto D'Ambra

Portrait, 2013
16.5 x 11 inch
Print

$224

Evgenia Saré, Portrait de famille, Painting

Evgenia Saré

Portrait de famille, 2016
31.9 x 39.4 inch
Painting

$4,718

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Alain Crocq, Un consommateur, Painting

Alain Crocq

Un consommateur, 2015
36.2 x 28.7 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,828

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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

$796

Velislava Gecheva, Self - Portrait With Pipe, Painting

Velislava Gecheva

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

$2,595

Grégoire Camuzet, Portrait pour Quintessence d'artistes, Photography

Grégoire Camuzet

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

$696

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The Hyde's Asylum, Vieil homme au corbeau, Painting

The Hyde's Asylum

Vieil homme au corbeau, 2016
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$507

Léonard Foujita, Portrait d'un ami, Drawing

Léonard Foujita

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

$18,518

Nathan Chantob, Profil bas, Painting

Nathan Chantob

Profil bas, 2017
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$4,246

Mohamed Ben Slama, Protagoniste II, Painting

Mohamed Ben Slama

Protagoniste II, 2015
7.9 x 7.9 inch
Painting

$1,533

Pascale Barret, This is me ! Marilyn, Photography

Pascale Barret

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

$1,769

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Claude Weisbuch, Portrait de B, Print

Claude Weisbuch

Portrait de B, 1986
29.9 x 22 inch
Print

$826

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

$1,769

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Emma Vidal, Portrait of a girl, said to be II, Print

Emma Vidal

Portrait of a girl, said to be II, 2015
10.2 x 11 inch
Print

$177

Ody Saban, Étapes dans la perception d'une idée, Painting

Ody Saban

Étapes dans la perception d'une idée, 2016
25.6 x 17.7 x 2 inch
Painting

$4,718

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Leiga, Sienne mon amour nº1, Drawing

Leiga

Sienne mon amour nº1, 2017
17.7 x 12.6 x 0.4 inch
Drawing

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Mimi Rico, Baroque, Painting

Mimi Rico

Baroque, 2015
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Painting

$1,156

Thierry Baumgarten, Portrait flou de femme, Photography

Thierry Baumgarten

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

$708

Michel Saint-Lambert, Portrait 1, Drawing

Michel Saint-Lambert

Portrait 1, 2016
11.8 x 9.4 x 0.8 inch
Drawing

$212

Michel Aubert, Portrait, Print

Michel Aubert

Portrait, 1991
36.2 x 28.7 inch
Print

$413

Alexander Calder, Portrait de Constantin Tacou, Print

Alexander Calder

Portrait de Constantin Tacou, 1974
19.3 x 13.4 inch
Print

$2,359

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Nathalie Deshairs, Portrait 1, Painting

Nathalie Deshairs

Portrait 1, 2016
19.7 x 19.7 inch
Painting

$1,062

Matthew Rose, Portrait of a Believer, Drawing

Matthew Rose

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

$590

Paul Kostabi, View, Painting

Paul Kostabi

View, 2016
19.7 x 19.7 inch
Painting

Sold out

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

$5,308

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Valerio Adami, Portrait de Jacques Derrida, Print

Valerio Adami

Portrait de Jacques Derrida, 2004
32.7 x 24 inch
Print

$413

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

$2,140

Béatrice Terra, Portrait mouvement, Painting

Béatrice Terra

Portrait mouvement, 2016
11.8 x 11.8 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$472

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

$1,415

Ody Saban, Portrait Imaginaire, Drawing

Ody Saban

Portrait Imaginaire, 1998
39.4 x 25.6 x 2 inch
Drawing

$5,898

James Vaulkhard, Bowie, Print

James Vaulkhard

Bowie, 2017
23.5 x 31 x 0.5 inch
Print

$1,345

Michel Saint-Lambert, Mademoiselle, Painting

Michel Saint-Lambert

Mademoiselle, 2015
18.1 x 14.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$578

Alexandrine Deshayes, Portrait de Carla B, Painting

Alexandrine Deshayes

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

$5,426

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Anna Zuber, Memories // Two girls with Dogs, Photography

Anna Zuber

Memories // Two girls with Dogs, 2015
9.8 x 9.8 x 1.6 inch
Photography

$354

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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James Vaulkhard

United Kingdom

António Trindade

Portugal

Caroline Limousin

France

Thierry Baumgarten

France

Alexandrine Deshayes

France

Dominic Rouse

United Kingdom

Leiga

Brazil

The Hyde's Asylum

France

Armen Gasparian

Armenia

Pelin Özgöçen

Turkey

Mohamed Ben Slama

Tunisia

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

Lluís Barba

Spain

Franck Doat

France

Michel Aubert

France

Claude Weisbuch

France

Jean-Yves Goujard

France

Evgenia Saré

Armenia

Jing Wang

China

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

Anna Zuber

Poland

Emma Vidal

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

Ody Saban

Turkey

Nathan Chantob

France

Bernard Pras

France