Although Russian artist Boris Kustodiev (1878-1927) was well traveled, he always returned to his native country. One of his strengths was portraiture, Here he depicts two very different subjects, the rather soulful Countess Grabowska above and his engaging daughter Irina, a favorite subject.
Tag Archives | Portraits in art
Have you heard of French artist Jacques-Emile Blanche (1861-1942)? He was a renowned portraitist, receiving commissions to immortalize a host of famous figures including writers James Joyce and Marcel Proust as well as painters Edgar Degas and John Singer Sargent. Many of his subjects were women, whether successful French pianist Marie-Leontine Bordes-Pene above […]
American artist Alice Kent Stoddard (1883-1976) spent most of her career in Philadelphia, establishing a solid reputation as a painter of portraits, landscapes, and sea scenes. Her distinctive and expressive brushstrokes are evident in Stoddard’s depictions of fellow artist Elizabeth Sparhawk Jones (1885-1968) and Fisherman’s Little Sister, as well as Monhegan Island, Harbor Looking Toward Manana, a view […]
JOHN SINGER SARGENT & THE ART OF FASHION American John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) was the portrait painter of the “rich and famous” of the Gilded Age, including members of royalty as well as millionaires (and their families). Few artists can rival Sargent’s flare for fashion, utilizing his creative skills to capture a […]
French artist Carolus Duran (1837-1917) was an insightful portraitist not only of human subjects but of Chinois the dog below. I could only find the dates of Wilhelm Grabhein (1859-1930) who has portrayed the soulful cat above.
Have you heard of Finnish master Magnus Enckell (1870-1925)? Hopefully his versatility and expressiveness as an artist will be rediscovered in the 21st century with exhibitions outside his native country (which presently holds important collections of his works) in the near future.
Often portraits are timeless—the sitters may be separated by centuries, yet they are connected by their humanity—and in these two cases, an enduring beauty. Both works of art are created by British artists, renowned for their skill as portraitists. Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788), for instance, is considered one of the major painters […]
Music and painting have often enhanced each other. In this case, the instrument is the piano and the players are known. One of them is Emma, shown above, the wife of American George Bellows (1882-1925) who worked mainly in New York City at the turn of the twentieth century. Sophie Menter (1846-1918) below, […]
American master portraitist John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) was often the choice of the aristocracy and monied classes of both the United States and Europe. However, he seemed to have a special affinity for children, especially of colleagues like fellow American artist Francis Davis Millet (1848-1912) whose son Lawrence engages us so directly. More than 20 […]
American artist Thomas Eakins (1844-1916), famed for his skill as a portraitist, depicted his wife Susan Hannah Macdowell (1851-1938), a painter herself: from the early years of their marriage (above) to middle age.