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  1. 1. Why do we make portraits? a look at the reasons behind portrait painting
  2. 2. Reasons for creating a portrait People like to look at themselves People want to show off their families The subject matter is always willing and able, in the case of self portraits To represent important figures To place a conceptual meaning on a person To influence someones opinion about a person
  3. 3. We like to look at ourselves Patrons often commission artists to create a portrait of themselves. This was seen often in the past before the widespread use of photography. These portraits were painted from life. Hans Holbein the Younger, “Sir Thomas More”,1527
  4. 4. Holbein the Younger, “Portrait of Henry the VIII”, 1536 Original Burned in a fire 1698 Commissioned by Henry VIII Created as a mural in the palace of whitehall Walker Art Gallery Copy
  5. 5. Andy Warhol, “Tina Chow”, 1985 Commissioned artartwork payed for by a patron Patron- someone who pays for an artwork http://edu.warhol.org/aract_comport.html
  6. 6. Andy Warhol, “Silver Liz”, 1963 http://artobserved.com/2009/06/go-see-paris-warhols-wide-world-a-retrospective-on-andy-warhol-at-the-galeries-nationalesdu-grand-palais-through-july-13th-2009/
  7. 7. We want to show off our families This painting is located in the Biltmore house Shows off the family of William A. V. Cecil, descendantsof the Vanderbilt family. Stone Roberts, “William A. V. Cecil Family”, 1990-91 http://www.biltmore.com/our_story/our_history/vanderbilt.asp
  8. 8. The subject matter is always willing and able All artists create self portraits Self portraits allow the artist to have a model who is available at any time Self portraits allow the artists to study the face Mary Cassatt, “Self-Portrait”, circa 1878
  9. 9. Hokusai, “Self-portrait”, 19th century
  10. 10. Hokusai, “Self-Portrait as old man”
  11. 11. To represent important figures Even today well after the invention of photography, important people are represented with the arts The painted portraits of each of our presidents can be found with a quick search of the web Other important people represented in portraiture include: Media figures, military leaders, political leaders Norman Rockwell, “Richard Nixon”, 1968 http://www.npg.si.edu/exh/travpres/index6.htm
  12. 12. Elaine De Kooning, “John F. Kennedy”, 1963 Not all portraits of leaders have to show incredible realism This example is created by an abstract expressionist http://www.npg.si.edu/exh/travpres/index6.htm
  13. 13. Mansudae art studio, Kim Jung Il, 2012 Recently in the news: statue of late North Korea leader Kim Jung Il http://www.cp24.com/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20120214/120214_north_korea?hub=C P24Extras
  14. 14. To place a conceptual meaning on a person What kinds of conceptual ideas do you see? Conceptual:Meaning based on Idea more than representation Notice the hand Robert Rauschenberg, “Retroactive 1”, 1963 http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2008/05/13/arts/13cndrausch2.ready.html
  15. 15. To influence and opinion about a person What kind of feeling does the photographer give the viewer What do you think was the photographer’s purpose Lewis Hine, “Breaker Boys in Coal Mine”,1911 http://www.authentichistory.com/1898-1913/2-progressivism/3-laborreform/2hine/index.html
  16. 16. “Indiana Glass Works at Midnight”,1908 http://www.authentichistory.com/1898-1913/2-progressivism/3-laborreform/2-hine/index.html