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  • Portrait of a Lady

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    First written in the 1880s and extensively revised in 1908, The Portrait of a Lady is often considered to be James's greatest achievement. In it, he explored many of his most characteristic themes, including the conflict between American individualism and European social custom and the situation of Americans in Europe. James proclaimed that “The only reason for the existence of a novel is that it does attempt to represent reality.” Plot was for him but the extension of character. The novel must

  • The Importance Of Self Portraits

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    into by society through self portraits. However, these forms of protest expressed through art were not always accepted or praised as well as they are in modern times. There were many women who took a stand within their art against standards placed on women. In the 20th century, self portraits were heavily used as a form of protest by female artists in order to reject societal standards placed on women. Paula Modersohn-Becker was a female artist whose self portraits opened up a new path of self

  • Portraits During The Renaissance

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    During the Renaissance, portraits were very powerful to the Italian culture and society because they highlighted the development of the individual. This is important because the Renaissance focused on classical learning and art, rather than just religious figures which can be portrayed through different portraits showing actual living people and represents humanism. Portraits in the early 15th century were meant to be represented as the “ideal republican citizen”, and were also made to honor the

  • Rembrandt Self Portrait Analysis

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    1. Rembrandt Self Portrait with a Wide-Brimmed Hat 1632 In the Baroque period, artists started to depict themselves as the main subject matter more often. Rembrandt had painted a lot of self-portraits in his entire life. In his self-portrait did in 1632, Rembrandt is the focus and he is dressed fashionably. Like most of the self-portraits in Baroque, he only painted his upper body so his face can be seen clearly. At the age of 26, Rembrandt showed a sense of youth and pride in his gaze. The

  • An American Portrait Photographer, Philippe Halsman

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    American portrait photographer, Philippe Halsman, in the mid 1900’s once said, “A true portrait should, today and a hundred years from today, the Testimony of how this person looked and what kind of human being he was.” He provides a good point, as he gives his opinion that portraits are a representation of an individual, to show the memory of their soul through artwork even if it’s photographs, paintings, drawings, or sculptures. Whether it is to remember the past or present, portraits tell their

  • The Portrait Of Anne Montgomery

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    Joshua Reynolds is one of most influential painters in the 18th century and he mainly specialized in portraits. Reynolds endorsed a style in painting called “Grand Style” which is mainly about the “idealization of the imperfect” (Wikipedia). In this painting, Reynolds uses a very simple and common background. The purpose of this is simply to highlight the main subject of the portrait. This portrait of Anne Montgomery by Sir Joshua Reynolds appears very large in size

  • The Arnolfini Wedding Portrait: Interpretations

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    Jan van Eyck’s work, The Arnolfini Portrait, is a famous piece of Flemish portraiture with a lively history of interpretation (Hall xviii). Most interpretations of the work hinge upon the symbolism found in the iconography of the work, while others rely upon the presumption that the work is nothing but masterfully rendered naturalism, while still others apply various modern art history methodologies. In this paper I will provide a brief survey of the leading interpretations and methods that have

  • Poussin Self Portrait Analysis

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    chiaroscuro; in addition, his interests in optics and colors could be reflected in his two self-portraits. In Self Portrait I (fig. 1), Poussin stands in front of the of a slab in three-quarter profile. His head slightly leans to the right. He is gazing at the front, seems like there are some ideas are running through his mind. His subtle smile has given a sense of gentleness and relaxation. In this self-portrait, Poussin did not employ any palettes or other art tools as props to indicate his identity

  • Self Portrait In A Straw Hat Essay

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    The two paintings which will be compared and contrasted are entitled ‘Woman with a hat’ by Henri Matisse and ‘Self-portrait in a Straw Hat’ by Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun. Both of these artists have used the portraiture as a subject and have chosen painting as their art form and oils on canvas as their medium. However, each of these artist’s interpretation of their artwork is very different. Matisse has concentrated on colours as he has applied a mixture of brilliant colour all across his subjects face

  • Self Portraits: Ekphrasis Poetry

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    looking through her,/ each morning, in the mirror/ his face laid on top of her face” (“Self-Portrait Monet”). While Rembrandt, used the mirror to paint not only himself but his wife as she died, explaining that “then this morning he must paint/ more distantly, self-love abolished to the province/ of the weak, the mirror turned away from him,/the canvas laid out on the stretching board” (“Late Self-Portrait Rembrandt”). The mirror is a representation of self but also speculation on the artist’s mindset