Being one of the most popular genres of art, Portrait Paintings are artistic representations of an individual's appearance and personality. It is capable of depicting not only the physical characteristics of the figure but also psychological traits as well. In most cases, portraits show part figures, especially of the head and shoulders, although the whole figure can also be depicted. It can even be an individual portrait or a group portrait. Despite it being so admired and an immensely popular genre of painting for centuries, portrait paintings continue to remain one of the most difficult genres for artists to master. Showrooms2220 offers an impressive array of portrait paintings, bringing the very best works from the world’s most talented artists.
It’s not always obvious what a portrait reveals - in some cases, a portrait's meaning can be cleverly elicited through the inclusion of a certain expression or appearance, or else the artist’s choice of color. The person depicted in old portrait paintings can become famous, representing a broader group of people from a certain period in history, who share certain traits in common. Modern and contemporary art of the 20th century showed little interest in the classical hierarchy of genres, and classical portraiture seems anachronistic and of little value. Artists used portraits as another means of promoting their style of art. Portrait Paintings became a way of exploring another person’s life.
Portrait paintings are most powerful and compelling when they convey relevant information about the subject. In addition to rendering the external likeness of the sitter, portraits can also convey certain aspects of their inner character. A portrait can reveal the subject’s beauty, wealth, taste, power, importance, virtue, learning, or aspects of their personality or beliefs. An engaging portrait painting captivates viewers, engages their attention, and fascinates the viewer about the person being portrayed. As a result, a portrait can be considered a biography - giving insight into the life of the subject. A successful piece of painting can be achieved by the artist's judicious choice of pose, setting, dressing, props, and color, among many other techniques. In the artwork, the artist carefully crafts visual clues to inform the viewers of the story of the person. Browse through the extensive collection of portrait paintings for sale at Showrooms2220 if you enjoy fine art portraiture.