Painting portraits are an artistic genre where the painter shows his way of understanding people. painting portraits are an artistic genre where the painter shows his way of understanding people.
The artistic painting, beyond the technique, the style, or the more or less realistic interpretation, shows us a way of seeing.
The difference between one painting or another is the “view” of the painter. A genuine and personal point of view.
No matter how much technique someone develops, it will be his ability to see in detail what will be transmitted in the painting. This form of vision, this point of view, determines what each painter values most in a work.
Realism in portraits
The more or less realistic portraits seek to represent that point of view. They do not seek to represent reality, since they are not mere photographs, but a genuine point of view, where the painter values what attracts his attention.
Sometimes it is the movement, the expression, other times the color, the tone, sometimes it values the feeling that the look provokes, other times it values everything that cannot be seen above all else.
Each painter will see something completely different in a person, just as each person sees the world completely differently.
The psychological portrait seeks to represent emotions, intentions, personality. They try to highlight aspects of the person that have nothing to do with the image.
To do this, they highlight expressions, use colors or distort the image if necessary.
Self-portraits are always important works in the studio of any artist, they represent the look towards oneself.
On this occasion we contrast two self-portraits of the painter with more than 20 years of difference between one and the other.
Expressionist portraits are a line within the psychological style, which exalts these lines to the extreme. The need to live the emotion exceeds the sense of the person, which becomes a mere vehicle through which the feeling is lived to be portrayed, experienced.
Expressionist portraits are intense impressions of a person’s experience. They are emotions that transform and cannot be hidden.
Portraits in watercolors and inks
With watercolors we find simple and bright portraits, often colorful. We also find a large number of portraits with Chinese inks. Some quick portraits, with very marked strokes.
Many portraits are not portraying a real person, but a historical, mythological character, an idea, an archetype. Then the works are totally transformed and the meaning of the same portrait does not have such an emotional and experiential direction, but much more symbolic and philosophical.
Portraits, art and psychology
Antonio’s art goes beyond emotion, searching for a Jungian meaning
Full length portraits
A very significant type of portrait is the full-length portrait. They don’t just talk about an emotion, or a personality, they look for a context, something that surrounds said emotion. They use the body to express what he cannot achieve with just his face.
From the sketch to the painting
From the sketch to the painting, the painter carries out a very interesting study to observe. In the case of the portrait, when something attracts attention, it is possible that sketches appear almost as valuable as the painting itself, representing ideas that are discarded, or that are transformed.