Somber Portrait Painters

Painting, Fleurs ressuscitées, Julien Cuny

Fleurs ressuscitées

Julien Cuny

Painting - 188 x 95 x 2.5 cm Painting - 74 x 37.4 x 1 inch

$3,475

Print, Retrato imaginario de Goya, Antonio Saura

Retrato imaginario de Goya

Antonio Saura

Print - 61 x 91 x 0.2 cm Print - 24 x 35.8 x 0.1 inch

$1,457

Painting, Oncle Bui, Hom Nguyen

Oncle Bui

Hom Nguyen

Painting - 200 x 200 cm Painting - 78.7 x 78.7 inch

$40,360

Photography, Queen of Flowers - Format L, Clara Diebler

Queen of Flowers - Format L

Clara Diebler

Photography - 90 x 60 x 1 cm Photography - 35.4 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch

$1,345

Print, Recouvrance 2006, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Recouvrance 2006

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 64 x 81 cm Print - 25.2 x 31.9 inch

$785

Print, Sans Titre, Lidia Masllorens

Sans Titre

Lidia Masllorens

Print - 37 x 47 x 5 cm Print - 14.6 x 18.5 x 2 inch

$5,415

Painting, Beatrice, Michelino Iorizzo

Beatrice

Michelino Iorizzo

Painting - 120 x 100 x 3 cm Painting - 47.2 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch

$11,547

Painting, Surreal face, Carlos Mendez

Surreal face

Carlos Mendez

Painting - 73 x 60 x 2 cm Painting - 28.7 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch

$1,457

Painting, Human (1), Hom Nguyen

Human (1)

Hom Nguyen

Painting - 80 x 60 x 1 cm Painting - 31.5 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch

$15,583

Print, Skeleton Study, Insane 51

Skeleton Study

Insane 51

Print - 94 x 69 cm Print - 37 x 27.2 inch

$2,209

Painting, Preparing the pan, Dzovig Arnelian

Preparing the pan

Dzovig Arnelian

Painting - 25.5 x 16.5 x 0.5 cm Painting - 10 x 6.5 x 0.2 inch

$600

Print, The Ceremony, Mino Maccari

The Ceremony

Mino Maccari

Print - 34.5 x 47 x 0.1 cm Print - 13.6 x 18.5 x 0 inch

$650

Painting, Doudre 3, Ivan Tzonev

Doudre 3

Ivan Tzonev

Painting - 40 x 40 x 2 cm Painting - 15.7 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch

$224

Photography, No title, Philippe Pasqua

No title

Philippe Pasqua

Photography - 200 x 156 x 1 cm Photography - 78.7 x 61.4 x 0.4 inch

$22,422 $20,180

Print, Hidden, Hom Nguyen

Hidden

Hom Nguyen

Print - 100 x 234 x 1 cm Print - 39.4 x 92.1 x 0.4 inch

$12,332

Painting, Etre libre, Cécile Desserle

Etre libre

Cécile Desserle

Painting - 100 x 100 x 2 cm Painting - 39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch

$4,260

Sculpture, Vanité aux papillons, Philippe Pasqua

Vanité aux papillons

Philippe Pasqua

Sculpture - 22 x 48 x 48 cm Sculpture - 8.7 x 18.9 x 18.9 inch

$15,695 $14,126

Fine Art Drawings, Sex Appeal, Mino Maccari

Sex Appeal

Mino Maccari

Fine Art Drawings - 28.5 x 22 x 0.3 cm Fine Art Drawings - 11.2 x 8.7 x 0.1 inch

$617

Print, Zahra, YZ (Yzeult)

Zahra

YZ (Yzeult)

Print - 25 x 25 x 1 cm Print - 9.8 x 9.8 x 0.4 inch

$785

Painting, The Playground, Teona Yamanidze

The Playground

Teona Yamanidze

Painting - 130 x 130 x 4 cm Painting - 51.2 x 51.2 x 1.6 inch

$7,848

Fine Art Drawings, Concert baroque, Verdi, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Concert baroque, Verdi

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Fine Art Drawings - 13 x 20 cm Fine Art Drawings - 5.1 x 7.9 inch

$13,453

Painting, Blue Skull, Philippe Pasqua

Blue Skull

Philippe Pasqua

Painting - 195 x 159.5 x 0.1 cm Painting - 76.8 x 62.8 x 0 inch

$16,817

Fine Art Drawings, Mirada Frontal IV, Teresa Riba

Mirada Frontal IV

Teresa Riba

Fine Art Drawings - 28 x 71 cm Fine Art Drawings - 11 x 28 inch

$1,009

Painting, Chiaruscoro of still life, Lisbeth Buonanno

Chiaruscoro of still life

Lisbeth Buonanno

Painting - 40 x 50 x 1.8 cm Painting - 15.7 x 19.7 x 0.7 inch

$1,345

Fine Art Drawings, Portrait, François Chapuis

Portrait

François Chapuis

Fine Art Drawings - 49 x 35 x 0.2 cm Fine Art Drawings - 19.3 x 13.8 x 0.1 inch

$650

Print, Relinquished, Roger Ballen

Relinquished

Roger Ballen

Print - 90 x 90 x 0.2 cm Print - 35.4 x 35.4 x 0.1 inch

$15,695

Fine Art Drawings, L'addition, Nathan Chantob

L'addition

Nathan Chantob

Fine Art Drawings - 56 x 40 x 1 cm Fine Art Drawings - 22 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch

$2,691

Painting, Lola, Roman Gulman

Lola

Roman Gulman

Painting - 60 x 140 x 4 cm Painting - 23.6 x 55.1 x 1.6 inch

$2,765

Painting, Thaneor, Yoann Merienne

Thaneor

Yoann Merienne

Painting - 22 x 27 x 2 cm Painting - 8.7 x 10.6 x 0.8 inch

$2,018

Painting, Barnús vermell, Teresa Riba

Barnús vermell

Teresa Riba

Painting - 27 x 21 cm Painting - 10.6 x 8.3 inch

$673

Painting, Les choses trop grandes, Nathan Chantob

Les choses trop grandes

Nathan Chantob

Painting - 162 x 130 x 3 cm Painting - 63.8 x 51.2 x 1.2 inch

$16,817

Painting, The Masks, Mino Maccari

The Masks

Mino Maccari

Painting - 24.5 x 34 x 0.1 cm Painting - 9.6 x 13.4 x 0 inch

$1,345

Sculpture, Taureau 1, Julien Cuny

Taureau 1

Julien Cuny

Sculpture - 60 x 50 x 35 cm Sculpture - 23.6 x 19.7 x 13.8 inch

$1,570

Sculpture, Aigua IV, Teresa Riba

Aigua IV

Teresa Riba

Sculpture - 49 x 11 x 10 cm Sculpture - 19.3 x 4.3 x 3.9 inch

$4,260

Painting, Les bleus à l'âme 3, Ghislaine Ferreira

Les bleus à l'âme 3

Ghislaine Ferreira

Painting - 90 x 70 x 2 cm Painting - 35.4 x 27.6 x 0.8 inch

$1,065 $959

Fine Art Drawings, Chaperon rouge illustration 4, Ghislaine Ferreira

Chaperon rouge illustration 4

Ghislaine Ferreira

Fine Art Drawings - 30 x 20 x 1 cm Fine Art Drawings - 11.8 x 7.9 x 0.4 inch

$561

Sculpture, Corbeau II, Yoann Merienne

Corbeau II

Yoann Merienne

Sculpture - 49.5 x 62 x 31 cm Sculpture - 19.5 x 24.4 x 12.2 inch

$11,211

Painting, La robe verte, Jean-Baptiste Dumont

La robe verte

Jean-Baptiste Dumont

Painting - 80 x 60 cm Painting - 31.5 x 23.6 inch

$2,242

Painting, We Are All The Same / SAMOURAÏ, Insane 51

We Are All The Same / SAMOURAÏ

Insane 51

Painting - 135 x 135 x 3 cm Painting - 53.1 x 53.1 x 1.2 inch

$16,256

Painting, Mome Sa Bopp, Sancko

Mome Sa Bopp

Sancko

Painting - 50 x 50 cm Painting - 19.7 x 19.7 inch

$1,110

Fine Art Drawings, Scenography, Eugene Berman

Scenography

Eugene Berman

Fine Art Drawings - 11 x 15.5 x 0.1 cm Fine Art Drawings - 4.3 x 6.1 x 0 inch

$1,009

Sculpture, Fer et bois, Olivier de Sagazan

Fer et bois

Olivier de Sagazan

Sculpture - 97 x 20 x 16 cm Sculpture - 38.2 x 7.9 x 6.3 inch

$3,924

Fine Art Drawings, Grande vanité aux papillons, Philippe Pasqua

Grande vanité aux papillons

Philippe Pasqua

Fine Art Drawings - 160 x 160 x 4 cm Fine Art Drawings - 63 x 63 x 1.6 inch

$31,391

Print, Le Pape, Pei-Ming Yan

Le Pape

Pei-Ming Yan

Print - 120 x 80 x 1 cm Print - 47.2 x 31.5 x 0.4 inch

$5,606

Painting, Middle white mask, Marc Prat

Middle white mask

Marc Prat

Painting - 100 x 80 x 3 cm Painting - 39.4 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch

$2,579

Painting, Superman, Ponthep Supunsaleekul

Superman

Ponthep Supunsaleekul

Painting - 50 x 50 x 4 cm Painting - 19.7 x 19.7 x 1.6 inch

$897

Painting, Ode to Alice Neel, Randi Matushevitz

Ode to Alice Neel

Randi Matushevitz

Painting - 50.8 x 50.8 x 5.1 cm Painting - 20 x 20 x 2 inch

$1,200

Painting, 111 117, Florian Eymann

111 117

Florian Eymann

Painting - 66 x 54 x 2 cm Painting - 26 x 21.3 x 0.8 inch

$3,202

Painting, La Transmission, Alice Laverty

La Transmission

Alice Laverty

Painting - 81 x 65 x 2 cm Painting - 31.9 x 25.6 x 0.8 inch

$2,242

Sculpture, Sur le fil -1, Magali Berdaguer

Sur le fil -1

Magali Berdaguer

Sculpture - 110 x 75 x 3 cm Sculpture - 43.3 x 29.5 x 1.2 inch

$1,682

Painting, Flottement, Olivier de Sagazan

Flottement

Olivier de Sagazan

Painting - 45 x 70 x 1 cm Painting - 17.7 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch

$3,363

Painting, Portrait 2, Erdna André

Portrait 2

Erdna André

Painting - 80 x 60 x 3 cm Painting - 31.5 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch

$561

Painting, Le Temps Passe, Tu te Questionnes, Clement Garnung

Le Temps Passe, Tu te Questionnes

Clement Garnung

Painting - 110 x 140 x 5 cm Painting - 43.3 x 55.1 x 2 inch

$3,363

Print, Agora, Marc Prat

Agora

Marc Prat

Print - 62 x 96 cm Print - 24.4 x 37.8 inch

$617

Painting, Peace, Marie-Ange Daudé

Peace

Marie-Ange Daudé

Painting - 87 x 87 x 2 cm Painting - 34.3 x 34.3 x 0.8 inch

$2,242 $2,018

Painting, You lose control, Lucile Callegari

You lose control

Lucile Callegari

Painting - 100 x 100 x 2 cm Painting - 39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch

$3,251

Sculpture, Marilyn au corsage, Marin Marcos

Marilyn au corsage

Marin Marcos

Sculpture - 59 x 39 x 2 cm Sculpture - 23.2 x 15.4 x 0.8 inch

$1,682

Painting, Le chemin, Véronique Bourgeois-Noury

Le chemin

Véronique Bourgeois-Noury

Painting - 146 x 89 x 2 cm Painting - 57.5 x 35 x 0.8 inch

$3,363

Fine Art Drawings, Sagesse, Erdna André

Sagesse

Erdna André

Fine Art Drawings - 65 x 50 cm Fine Art Drawings - 25.6 x 19.7 inch

$448

Print, Le courage des inconscients, Yoann Merienne

Le courage des inconscients

Yoann Merienne

Print - 100 x 70 cm Print - 39.4 x 27.6 inch

$897

Sculpture, Nez, Antonio Saura

Nez

Antonio Saura

Sculpture - 51 x 64 x 1 cm Sculpture - 20.1 x 25.2 x 0.4 inch

$5,606

Painting, The Minority, Ya-Wei Li

The Minority

Ya-Wei Li

Painting - 45 x 35 x 4 cm Painting - 17.7 x 13.8 x 1.6 inch

$2,242

Fine Art Drawings, Empress Louiza, YZ (Yzeult)

Empress Louiza

YZ (Yzeult)

Fine Art Drawings - 41 x 30 x 2 cm Fine Art Drawings - 16.1 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch

$1,009

Painting, Visage aux grandes oreilles, Laetitia Allal

Visage aux grandes oreilles

Laetitia Allal

Painting - 180 x 89 cm Painting - 70.9 x 35 inch

$3,588

Photography, Run DMC- Back to the source, OverSide

Run DMC- Back to the source

OverSide

Photography - 70 x 50 x 0.5 cm Photography - 27.6 x 19.7 x 0.2 inch

$392

Print, Fille 2, Ghislaine Ferreira

Fille 2

Ghislaine Ferreira

Print - 30 x 20 x 1 cm Print - 11.8 x 7.9 x 0.4 inch

$561

Painting, Chine mon amour, Lou Andréas Salomé Tauss

Chine mon amour

Lou Andréas Salomé Tauss

Painting - 60 x 30 x 1.8 cm Painting - 23.6 x 11.8 x 0.7 inch

$392

Fine Art Drawings, Le chaman taureau, Julien Cuny

Le chaman taureau

Julien Cuny

Fine Art Drawings - 100 x 70 cm Fine Art Drawings - 39.4 x 27.6 inch

$504

Painting, Ontologs 7, Sarkis Sislian

Ontologs 7

Sarkis Sislian

Painting - 27.4 x 75.5 cm Painting - 10.8 x 29.7 inch

$1,872

Painting, Chrysès, Piet Rodriguez

Chrysès

Piet Rodriguez

Painting - 91 x 64 x 2 cm Painting - 35.8 x 25.2 x 0.8 inch

$2,579

Fine Art Drawings, Essence VIII, Marc Prat

Essence VIII

Marc Prat

Fine Art Drawings - 14 x 21 x 0.1 cm Fine Art Drawings - 5.5 x 8.3 x 0 inch

$448

Fine Art Drawings, Portrait, Albert Fernand-Renault

Portrait

Albert Fernand-Renault

Fine Art Drawings - 56 x 42 x 0.1 cm Fine Art Drawings - 22 x 16.5 x 0 inch

$561

Photography, La Jeune Femme au Papillon, Jean-Michel Rousvoal

La Jeune Femme au Papillon

Jean-Michel Rousvoal

Photography - 120 x 90 x 0.1 cm Photography - 47.2 x 35.4 x 0 inch

$1,682

Fine Art Drawings, Personnage à la houppe, Georges Bru

Personnage à la houppe

Georges Bru

Fine Art Drawings - 15 x 20 cm Fine Art Drawings - 5.9 x 7.9 inch

$1,177

Fine Art Drawings, Écran noir, Marie-Ange Daudé

Écran noir

Marie-Ange Daudé

Fine Art Drawings - 100 x 100 x 3 cm Fine Art Drawings - 39.4 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch

$7,567

Print, Confabulacion, Juan Sebastian Barbera

Confabulacion

Juan Sebastian Barbera

Print - 76 x 65 cm Print - 29.9 x 25.6 inch

$1,009

Print, Untitled, Maria Carbonero

Untitled

Maria Carbonero

Print - 70 x 47.5 cm Print - 27.6 x 18.7 inch

$1,289

Painting, Sky, Ewa Hauton

Sky

Ewa Hauton

Painting - 130 x 100 x 2 cm Painting - 51.2 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch

$4,372

Painting, Red (Hommage to Rembrandt), Melinda Matyas

Red (Hommage to Rembrandt)

Melinda Matyas

Painting - 45.7 x 35.6 x 2 cm Painting - 18 x 14 x 0.8 inch

$1,906

Painting, Sans titre, Antonio Saura

Sans titre

Antonio Saura

Painting - 30 x 23 x 0.1 cm Painting - 11.8 x 9.1 x 0 inch

$22,422

Print, The Ghost, Dzovig Arnelian

The Ghost

Dzovig Arnelian

Print - 19.5 x 14.5 cm Print - 7.7 x 5.7 inch

$730

Painting, La Cène II, Benjamin Carbonne

La Cène II

Benjamin Carbonne

Painting - 115 x 225 x 3 cm Painting - 45.3 x 88.6 x 1.2 inch

$10,650

Sculpture, Installation 1, Sarkis Sislian

Installation 1

Sarkis Sislian

Sculpture - 60.5 x 60.5 x 17 cm Sculpture - 23.8 x 23.8 x 6.7 inch

$3,480

Painting, Gueule d'ange N°17, Stephane Richard

Gueule d'ange N°17

Stephane Richard

Painting - 68 x 49 x 1 cm Painting - 26.8 x 19.3 x 0.4 inch

$998

Fine Art Drawings, Woman, Simon Goldberg

Woman

Simon Goldberg

Fine Art Drawings - 12 x 15 x 0.1 cm Fine Art Drawings - 4.7 x 5.9 x 0 inch

$336

Design, Alter Ego (after Roger Ballen), Roger Ballen

Alter Ego (after Roger Ballen)

Roger Ballen

Design - 80.5 x 20.5 x 1.2 cm Design - 31.7 x 8.1 x 0.5 inch

$1,401

Print, Vanité, Philippe Pasqua

Vanité

Philippe Pasqua

Print - 152.4 x 123.2 x 2.5 cm Print - 60 x 48.5 x 1 inch

$18,800

Fine Art Drawings, Invité au repas 15, Roger Decaux

Invité au repas 15

Roger Decaux

Fine Art Drawings - 45 x 32 x 0.1 cm Fine Art Drawings - 17.7 x 12.6 x 0 inch

$1,009

Painting, The Fishing, Eugene Berman

The Fishing

Eugene Berman

Painting - 17.1 x 23.8 x 0.1 cm Painting - 6.7 x 9.4 x 0 inch

$953

Fine Art Drawings, Retrato 1, Juan Sebastian Barbera

Retrato 1

Juan Sebastian Barbera

Fine Art Drawings - 75.9 x 55.9 cm Fine Art Drawings - 29.9 x 22 inch

$1,400

Print, Joséphine Baker, Marin Marcos

Joséphine Baker

Marin Marcos

Print - 30 x 25 x 1 cm Print - 11.8 x 9.8 x 0.4 inch

$897

Sculpture, Hom, Hom Nguyen

Hom

Hom Nguyen

Sculpture - 40 x 32 x 25 cm Sculpture - 15.7 x 12.6 x 9.8 inch

$29,037

Fine Art Drawings, Simone Veil, Hom Nguyen

Simone Veil

Hom Nguyen

Fine Art Drawings - 80 x 60 x 2 cm Fine Art Drawings - 31.5 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch

$14,462

Somber Portrait Painters

Sadness, melancholy and gloom have found an outlet in artists throughout history and in the depiction of figurative art. Through artists, humanity and their emotional and physical states are portrayed to be viewed and related to. The instant recognition of such a grave subject also plagues human history itself, thus carving out its own rightful spot amongst the history of art movements. In Edgar Degas' 1875 painting L'Absinthe, where viewers see a portrait of a young woman solemnly contemplating her situation, disengaged from their gaze, her surroundings, maybe even from herself. 

Dark hues and colors define somber portrait painting and can highlight the cause of such sadness, whether that be the subject's emotional state or a greater rendering of the world's expanse and the human existence within it. Existential or not, the traits of somber artwork can be found in our own collection of portraits on Artsper. The portraiture work of Nicolas Fropo de Habart works the body in all its dimensions to create an absolute feeling of vastness while Antoine Stevens also depicts wandering souls in his dimmed portraiture. But given the nature of humanity, somber depictions of the figure are not entirely unexpected…


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