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Simone Veil, C215

Simone Veil


Painting - 12.2 x 17.3 inch


Le gars du port, David Jamin

Le gars du port

David Jamin

Painting - 11.8 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch


Alicia II, Eulogia Merle

Alicia II

Eulogia Merle

Painting - 39.4 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch


Masque, Li Baoxun


Li Baoxun

Painting - 19.7 x 19.7 x 1.6 inch


Josi, Lulu et Yvonne, Cécile Colombo

Josi, Lulu et Yvonne

Cécile Colombo

Painting - 31.5 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch


Rusty Mood, Jef Aérosol

Rusty Mood

Jef Aérosol

Painting - 31.5 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch


Charme et élégance, Martine Fauve Dechavanne

Charme et élégance

Martine Fauve Dechavanne

Painting - 39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch


The Sunset, Nataliya Bagatskaya

The Sunset

Nataliya Bagatskaya

Painting - 47.2 x 35.4 x 0.9 inch


Faut pas s’attacher, Béatrice Terra

Faut pas s’attacher

Béatrice Terra

Painting - 31.9 x 25.6 x 1.2 inch


Artist Tiger Mona, Jisbar

Artist Tiger Mona


Painting - 57.5 x 44.9 inch


De l'autre côté, Pierre Bejoint

De l'autre côté

Pierre Bejoint

Painting - 27.6 x 27.6 x 2 inch


Dans mon dos, Antony Squizzato

Dans mon dos

Antony Squizzato

Painting - 23.6 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch


Regard 1, Well Rimo

Regard 1

Well Rimo

Painting - 19.7 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch


Sailor, Thomas Berthier


Thomas Berthier

Painting - 41.3 x 23.6 inch


Flight in a fairy tale, Seyran Gasparyan

Flight in a fairy tale

Seyran Gasparyan

Painting - 23.6 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch


Les amoureux, Virginia Benedicto

Les amoureux

Virginia Benedicto

Painting - 45.7 x 35 x 1.2 inch


Sensation, Jean-Philippe Berger


Jean-Philippe Berger

Painting - 11.8 x 11.8 x 1.2 inch


Shadow, Maka Batiashvili


Maka Batiashvili

Painting - 29.5 x 37 x 0.7 inch


Autoportrait, Philippe Pasqua


Philippe Pasqua

Painting - 15.7 x 11.8 x 3.9 inch


A l'infinie, Mathilde André

A l'infinie

Mathilde André

Painting - 15.7 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch

$656 $591

Moon Shadows II, Painting, Oil on Canvas, Jo Moore

Moon Shadows II, Painting, Oil on Canvas

Jo Moore

Painting - 30 x 15 x 1.5 inch


Idées noires, Kapea

Idées noires


Painting - 36.6 x 28.3 x 0.8 inch


Tango, Janusz Szpyt


Janusz Szpyt

Painting - 23.6 x 13.8 inch


Portrait de Wien, René Guinand

Portrait de Wien

René Guinand

Painting - 16.3 x 13.4 x 0.2 inch


The queen and the flamingo, Estelle Barbet

The queen and the flamingo

Estelle Barbet

Painting - 31.5 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch


Une marguerite, Raoul P. Brosseau

Une marguerite

Raoul P. Brosseau

Painting - 27.6 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch


The Cat And The Heart (Silver), Mr. Brainwash

The Cat And The Heart (Silver)

Mr. Brainwash

Painting - 64 x 48 x 0.2 inch


Le médecin, Céline Lanne

Le médecin

Céline Lanne

Painting - 31.5 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch


Woman at the well, Jacek Cyganek

Woman at the well

Jacek Cyganek

Painting - 31.5 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch


Boy with splash, Abe Ogunlende

Boy with splash

Abe Ogunlende

Painting - 35 x 35 x 1.6 inch


Home, Emmanuel Ojebola


Emmanuel Ojebola

Painting - 36 x 48 x 1 inch


Yellow Afternoon, Didier Lourenço

Yellow Afternoon

Didier Lourenço

Painting - 25.6 x 31.9 x 1.6 inch


Le chapeau fleuri, Patricia Simsa

Le chapeau fleuri

Patricia Simsa

Painting - 43.3 x 35.4 x 2 inch


Portrait of Adefunke, Eyitayo Alagbe

Portrait of Adefunke

Eyitayo Alagbe

Painting - 26 x 20 x 1 inch


J'ai des reserves d'indienne, Miss.Tic

J'ai des reserves d'indienne


Painting - 13 x 16.1 x 0.8 inch


You May Be Lucky, Oluwafemi Afolabi

You May Be Lucky

Oluwafemi Afolabi

Painting - 48 x 36 x 1 inch


Code 2218, Thierry Carrier

Code 2218

Thierry Carrier

Painting - 10.6 x 7.5 inch


Serenade, Levalet



Painting - 36.6 x 22 x 3.9 inch


Her sunny morning, Serghei Ghetiu

Her sunny morning

Serghei Ghetiu

Painting - 25.6 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch


Portrait 7, Christine Barrès

Portrait 7

Christine Barrès

Painting - 7.9 x 7.9 x 0.4 inch


Get up and keep rising, Evans Mbugua

Get up and keep rising

Evans Mbugua

Painting - 15.7 x 11.8 x 1.6 inch


Serenity, Bright Toh


Bright Toh

Painting - 35.4 x 27.5 x 1 inch


L'orangé des fruits murs, De Welfes

L'orangé des fruits murs

De Welfes

Painting - 31.5 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch


Les gardiens, Raoul Brosseau

Les gardiens

Raoul Brosseau

Painting - 36.2 x 28.7 x 0.8 inch


Just a girl, Olaosun Oluwapelumi

Just a girl

Olaosun Oluwapelumi

Painting - 48 x 36 x 1 inch


Valley of No Shadow 1, Fredrick Idele

Valley of No Shadow 1

Fredrick Idele

Painting - 24 x 24 x 1 inch


Joy at Last, Gbelekale Azeez

Joy at Last

Gbelekale Azeez

Painting - 42 x 42 x 1 inch


Horizons cubiques, Cyril Afonso

Horizons cubiques

Cyril Afonso

Painting - 31.9 x 25.6 x 1.2 inch


Interlignes du bonheur, Albena Vatcheva

Interlignes du bonheur

Albena Vatcheva

Painting - 15.7 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch

$1,493 $1,419

Amour Fou!, Maria De Campos

Amour Fou!

Maria De Campos

Painting - 57.1 x 44.9 x 1.2 inch


Heart, Mary Noga


Mary Noga

Painting - 47.2 x 35.4 x 1.6 inch


Série: Autoportrait, MrHope

Série: Autoportrait


Painting - 11.8 x 8.3 x 0.4 inch

$71 $65

L'hiver (Ecosse), Youngmi Kim

L'hiver (Ecosse)

Youngmi Kim

Painting - 45.7 x 35 x 1 inch


Global Warming, Nick Walker

Global Warming

Nick Walker

Painting - 29.9 x 24 x 2 inch


Gentleman face 3, Noah Borger

Gentleman face 3

Noah Borger

Painting - 11.8 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch


Heat Beneath My Feet, Jean Guy Morin

Heat Beneath My Feet

Jean Guy Morin

Painting - 40 x 30 x 2 inch


Au creux de ton epaule on seme, Nef

Au creux de ton epaule on seme


Painting - 11.8 x 9.4 x 1.2 inch


Incarnation, Partha Mondal


Partha Mondal

Painting - 13 x 8.7 inch


The beret, Eric Doisy

The beret

Eric Doisy

Painting - 39.4 x 31.5 x 0.4 inch


Rose, Madi



Painting - 23.6 x 27.6 x 1.2 inch


Portrait of a Dancer (Portrait d'une Danseuse), Frédérique Cantais

Portrait of a Dancer (Portrait d'une Danseuse)

Frédérique Cantais

Painting - 24 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch

$656 $328

Street rebel (orange) a tribute to Banksy, Dr. Love

Street rebel (orange) a tribute to Banksy

Dr. Love

Painting - 11.8 x 15.7 x 0.1 inch


Caught Up, Evan Mendel

Caught Up

Evan Mendel

Painting - 30 x 24 x 1.2 inch


No original sin, Sara Chelou

No original sin

Sara Chelou

Painting - 37.8 x 51.2 x 0.8 inch


Blondie, Electre



Painting - 27.6 x 19.7 x 1 inch


Bells Are Saying 'I Love You, Joanna Glazer

Bells Are Saying 'I Love You

Joanna Glazer

Painting - 11.8 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch


Commission for Melissa 50 lance, Marilyn Kalish

Commission for Melissa 50 lance

Marilyn Kalish

Painting - 16 x 12 x 0.1 inch


Ohne Titel, Ulrike Michaelis

Ohne Titel

Ulrike Michaelis

Painting - 12.4 x 8.6 x 0 inch


Étude visage 3, Odin Pigelet

Étude visage 3

Odin Pigelet

Painting - 11.8 x 9.4 x 0 inch


The Rose That Grew From Concrete 1, Victoria Makinde

The Rose That Grew From Concrete 1

Victoria Makinde

Painting - 34 x 30 x 1 inch


Pierre Rabhi, Fabien Miart

Pierre Rabhi

Fabien Miart

Painting - 23.6 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch


Ella, Marilupe



Painting - 11 x 13.8 x 1.2 inch


2023, Dima Filatov


Dima Filatov

Painting - 28.7 x 47.6 x 0.2 inch


Cloud Melancholic, Irjan Moussin

Cloud Melancholic

Irjan Moussin

Painting - 70 x 50 x 4 inch


Divinité, Ludovic Isidore


Ludovic Isidore

Painting - 44.9 x 35 x 0.8 inch


Masami, Christy



Painting - 23.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Whitney, Liubou Sas


Liubou Sas

Painting - 15.7 x 23.6 x 0.6 inch


She never stumbles, she's got no place to fall, Filippa Bjerling

She never stumbles, she's got no place to fall

Filippa Bjerling

Painting - 39 x 26.4 x 0.1 inch


Five Minutes For You, Lifetime for Her, Jonathan Kabeya

Five Minutes For You, Lifetime for Her

Jonathan Kabeya

Painting - 33.5 x 46.5 x 1 inch


Dark Paradise, Elisha Nyong

Dark Paradise

Elisha Nyong

Painting - 56 x 56 x 1 inch


Angie Dickinson and Burt Bacharach in Hollywood in 1968, Manuel Santelices

Angie Dickinson and Burt Bacharach in Hollywood in 1968

Manuel Santelices

Painting - 12 x 9 x 0.1 inch


Abc, Worm Worm


Worm Worm

Painting - 45.7 x 36.2 x 0.4 inch


Electric Love, Guillaume Nicolaou

Electric Love

Guillaume Nicolaou

Painting - 19.7 x 47.2 x 1.6 inch


Look at the sky turned a hell fire red, Model Rice

Look at the sky turned a hell fire red

Model Rice

Painting - 13.8 x 10.6 x 0.8 inch


Le regard, Marielle Ritlewski

Le regard

Marielle Ritlewski

Painting - 39.4 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch


Between the bite and the beak, Painting, Acrylic on canvas, Amy Bernays

Between the bite and the beak, Painting, Acrylic on canvas

Amy Bernays

Painting - 8 x 10 x 0.1 inch


The scene shifters III, Olivier Massebeuf

The scene shifters III

Olivier Massebeuf

Painting - 51.2 x 35 x 1 inch


L'étoffe vacillante, Cécile Desserle

L'étoffe vacillante

Cécile Desserle

Painting - 39.4 x 31.9 x 0.8 inch


Portrait Painting for Sale

Portraiture is one of the most important subjects in painting. The discipline has changed significantly over time and has a fascinating history.

In antiquity, portraits were exclusively reserved for gods and the most influential people in society. Paintings and statues representing the bodies of the deceased were erected to decorate tombs in Egypt. They weren't realistic but rather had a very standardized way of representing each part of the body.

In contrast to the Egyptians, painters and sculptors in Greece, who had a more in depth knowledge of the human anatomy, were more concerned about realism. Many portrait paintings from this period were done on vases and depicted gods and mythological scenes.

In the Middle Ages, most portraits paintings were commissioned and featuring the most important people of the time; they were painted into religious scenes to emphasize their piety and faith, along with their social status. Once these works of art had been painted, they were often donated to churches and monasteries.

The Renaissance marked a renewal for the arts and portrait painting was no exception. At the beginning of this period, artists were unconcerned about lifelike, realistic work. Sitters or the subjects represented were identifiable through the use of symbolic objects and the inclusion of their name.

Giotto revolutionized portraiture by imitating sculpture. He began to paint shadows, the subjects' expressions, effects of depth and began to use foreshortening. His knowledge soon began to spread.

Brunelleschi then introduced the idea of perspective in architecture, a concept which Masaccio adapted to painting. Italy became the center of portrait painting and the most important Italian families (including the Médici family) commissioned artwork by the best painters. Competition between these painters led them to innovate and led them to produce some of the greatest artworks in history. The most famous is undoubtedly the Mona Lisa by Leonardo de Vinci.

In Northern Europe during the 16th century, Flemish art was restricted by iconoclasm during the Reformation, a period during the depiction of religious figures was banned. Artists turned to courtly art which was particularly popular during the following centuries. A century earlier, Flemish art had marked a turning point with Jan Van Eyck, the inventor of oil painting (the preferred painting technique of Renaissance painters) and master of detailed realism, who influenced an entire generation of Flemish painters.

Over the following centuries, portrait painting continued to be an art form for the elite of society, but painters grew increasingly concerned about depicting realistic figures and communicating the sitter's inner world and emotions. The 20th century saw a growing trend: subjects were not painted to look beautiful (sometimes to their great dismay).

At the end of the 19th century, Impressionist painters became less reliant on sculpted models and sculpture's influence. They left their studios and painted portraits outside, “en plein air." They captured the light as they saw it and painted groups of people together rather than in in several stages.

Modern and contemporary art of the 20th century saw anything go when it came to portraits. Artists like Gustav Klimt, Pablo Picasso, Paul Gauguin and Lucien Freud turned traditional techniques and codified rules on their heads and developed their own unique styles. Discover portraits by Philippe PasquaRobert CombasGuangyu Dai and Erró on Artsper.

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What is meant by portrait painting?

A portrait painting is a painted artwork that depicts a person. A portrait painting usually depicts the upper body of a sitter, for example from the shoulders up. 

What art style is a portrait?

A portrait can be created in various different art styles and forms, including sculpture, painting and drawing. 

What makes a good portrait?

A portrait can be considered a good work of art for a variety of reasons, including its handling of light, tone and color, its likeness to the person it represents, or its expression of emotion.