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Portrait paintings

Whether full-face, profile, three-quarter view or full-length, portrait paintings have always been one of the most popular forms of painting. If you are a fan of portrait paintings, KAZoART invites you to browse its eclectic selection of portraits!

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Lucie Lith - Endormi
Lucie Lith
Mixed media
45 x 24 cm
$386
Misako Street Art - Le côté obscur de la force
Misako Street Art
Mixed media
60 x 80 x 2 cm
$1,006
François Pagé - Nous nous sommes quittés sur un malentendu des mots...
François Pagé
Oil painting
43 x 54 cm
$1,016
Christian DUGArdeyn - "georges"
Christian DUGArdeyn
Mixed media
30 x 40 cm
$427
ART'MONY - Pop Clint Eastwood
ART'MONY
Mixed media
30 x 40 cm
$407
Chloé Malard - Portrait turquoise
Chloé Malard
Acrylic painting
50 x 50 cm
$488
Marina Del Pozo - White madonna
Marina Del Pozo
Acrylic painting
65 x 81 cm
$813
Yoann Bonneville YBA - Amethyste XVI
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Yoann Bonneville YBA
Mixed media
80 x 80 cm
$1,321
Val Escoubet - Sunflower on the shoulder
Val Escoubet
Oil painting
70 x 100 x 2 cm
$1,728
Wile - Folie douce
Wile
Mixed media
58 x 77 cm
$610
Florent Cordier - Grande figure.
Florent Cordier
Mixed media
75 x 110 cm
$1,525
KAZA - Lifes is beautiful !!!02
KAZA
Acrylic painting
70 x 100 cm
$1,830
Alex Saman - The flower girl
Alex Saman
Acrylic painting
40 x 60 cm
$508
François Cognet - Sauropsida (encadré)
François Cognet
Acrylic painting
30 x 40 cm
$508
Smoka - Force de la nature
Smoka
Acrylic painting
81 x 116 cm
$813
Hanna Sidorowicz - Méditation 2020
Hanna Sidorowicz
Mixed media
40 x 50 cm
$1,169
Ho My An - Serenity
Ho My An
Oil painting
33 x 41 cm
$712
Fabien Delaube - Orphée
Fabien Delaube
Oil painting
50 x 70 cm
$1,423
Sophie Barthélémy - Végétale
Acrylic painting
70 x 70 cm
$894
Benoît Montet - La cigarette
Benoît Montet
Oil painting
30 x 60 cm
$1,220
Georges DUMAS - The shield
Georges DUMAS
Mixed media
23 x 47 cm
$661
jean-jacques Piezanowski - Quoi qu'il en soit
jean-jacques Piezanowski
Acrylic painting
60 x 90 x 2 cm
$1,830
CIANDRINI - Sans titre XIV
CIANDRINI
Acrylic painting
80 x 100 x 2 cm
$1,321
Dimitris Pavlopoulos - Heart break time
Dimitris Pavlopoulos
Acrylic painting
70 x 75 cm
$1,525
Marta Grassi - Blue dress
Marta Grassi
Oil painting
50 x 70 cm
$762
Khaled morad - La bonne route
Khaled morad
Mixed media
60 x 80 cm
$915
Bernard Fièvre - Eurélie
Bernard Fièvre
Oil painting
38 x 46 cm
$1,423
The Hyde's Asylum - Portrait anonyme XVI
The Hyde's Asylum
Mixed media
70 x 90 cm
$1,321
GRAFFMATT - Fragile beauty
GRAFFMATT
Mixed media
50 x 100 cm
$1,321
Florkey - Re Mona Lisa
Florkey
Mixed media
50 x 75 cm
$762
Tatiana Ivchenkova - Orange
Tatiana Ivchenkova
Watercolour
14 x 20 cm
$366
Khaled Alkhani - Le calme de la soirée
Khaled Alkhani
Acrylic painting
55 x 65 cm
$1,830
Sêma Lao - A little
Sêma Lao
Mixed media
65 x 50 cm
$813
Boris Davy - En eaux troubles
Boris Davy
Oil painting
80 x 80 cm
$1,931
Sylvia Baldeva - Pensive
Sylvia Baldeva
Oil painting
21 x 30 cm
$427
Sabine Rusch - Sitting bull
Sabine Rusch
Oil painting
130 x 162 cm
$1,880
Florent Cordier - Foule
Florent Cordier
Oil painting
166 x 76 cm
$1,830
VILDEMAN - Masque
VILDEMAN
Acrylic painting
37 x 48 cm
$427
Fabien Delaube - Dorante
Fabien Delaube
Mixed media
50 x 50 x 2 cm
$1,118
Evelyn Kuwertz - Auto portrait 2018
Evelyn Kuwertz
Mixed media
50 x 50 cm
$1,423
Albane De Saint Remy - Variation sur audrey I
Albane De Saint Remy
Mixed media
30 x 40 cm
$773
nicholas coss - Portrait assis
nicholas coss
Acrylic painting
80 x 110 cm
$1,982
Smoka - Hypnosis
Smoka
Mixed media
65 x 92 cm
$813
Pascaline Lopez - Les iconiques - Salvador D.
Pascaline Lopez
Acrylic painting
36 x 36 cm
$407
Tatiana Ivchenkova - En attente de futur
Tatiana Ivchenkova
Oil painting
42 x 59 cm
$1,220
Geert Heirbaut - Kowalsky Days - At the barber shop
Geert Heirbaut - Kowalsky Days
Mixed media
70 x 100 cm
$1,372
NATHALIE VANHECKE - Nino
Mixed media
100 x 75 cm
$966
KAZA - Vanitas vanitatum
KAZA
Oil painting
40 x 50 cm
$559
François Cognet - Eveil
François Cognet
Mixed media
28 x 37 cm
$762
Pascaline Lopez - Rosa p.
Pascaline Lopez
Mixed media
50 x 100 cm
$1,016
Sabine Rusch - Geisha mood II
Sabine Rusch
Acrylic painting
40 x 40 cm
$356
Chloé Tiravy - Toile-brouillon rouge (portrait rouge)
Chloé Tiravy
Oil painting
40 x 50 cm
$712
Zen Portraitiste - Antonio
Zen Portraitiste
Mixed media
30 x 40 cm
$1,525
nicholas coss - Trouée de bleu
nicholas coss
Watercolour
50 x 65 cm
$915
Yoann Bonneville YBA - Signature III
Yoann Bonneville YBA
Acrylic painting
81 x 100 cm
$1,423
Vincent Bardou - Versace
Vincent Bardou
Acrylic painting
100 x 100 x 4 cm
$2,643
Dimitris Pavlopoulos - Sirtaki transe
Dimitris Pavlopoulos
Acrylic painting
150 x 170 cm
$5,082
Chloé Tiravy - Guitariste à la collerette
Chloé Tiravy
Oil painting
140 x 180 cm
$3,964
Florkey - Downwhoat
Florkey
Mixed media
83 x 107 cm
$2,338
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Famous Portrait Artists and Famous Portrait Paintings

Often, the subject of a portrait is better remembered than the artist that painted it (with the exception of self-portraits). This is essentially due to the fact that each portrait painting, more than in any other genre, has a special relationship with its audience. It draws them in, provoking varying levels of emotion, remaining imprinted on their memory and thus fulfilling its main objective of perpetuating the memory of a person.

As portrait paintings are the most popular genre of all time, every artist worth their salt will go through a portrait painting stage, transposing it in their universe using the pictorial trends of their time. When commissioned, the artist receives very specific directions leading to the production of numerous preparatory sketches. Nonetheless, painters can, depending on the subject, style and temperament, use pictorial innovations that will make their portrait paintings into timeless artworks.

This has led to a huge variety of styles in the production of the most famous portrait paintings, from the colorful strokes found in the self-portraits of Vincent Van Gogh, to Albrecht Dürer's Self-portrait, the enigmatic smile of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and academic portraits such as Rembrandt's Syndics of the Drapers' Guild.

The History of Portrait Paintings and Modern Portrait Paintings

Dating back to Antiquity, the purpose of portrait painting has continually evolved throughout the ages. From Antiquity to the Renaissance, portrait paintings were essentially commissioned by wealthy patrons who, seeking to leave a trace of their time on this earth, wanted to pass on a laudatory, idealized depiction of their person (virtuous, pious, beautiful, etc.).

A true tool of propaganda, the portrait has also been used by powerful figures in the world to convey to their subjects and rivals a representation of their power through original staging in which symbols take centre-stage (eg. Portrait of Louis XIV, Hyacinthe Rigaud; Portrait of Pope Innocent X, Diégo Velazquez). Today photography often occupies the same role, producing a more modest, family-centric portrait.

However, art of portraiture can be seen in modern portrait painting as some artists carried on the tradition, but they often use this opportunity to rework the genre and represent a subject in a new light. Many famous artists created modern portrait paintings such as Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Andrew Wyeth and Frida Kahlo. Today, contemporary portrait artists such as Kehinde Wiley, Jenny Seville, Amy Sherald and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye create portraits wherein the subjects may or may not really exist. The intention stays the same, however, to convey a message about society and the person within the confines of the canvas. 

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