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Few persons who have ever sat for a portrait can have felt anything but inferior while the process is going on.
~ Anthony Powell

 

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He reproduced himself with so much humble objectivity, with the unquestioning, matter of fact interest of a dog who sees himself in a mirror and thinks: there's another dog.
~ Rainer Maria Rilke

 

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I had rather see the portrait of a dog that I know, than all the allegorical paintings they can show me in the world.
~ Samuel Johnson

 

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I hate to paint portraits! I hope never to paint another portrait in my life. Portraiture may be all right for a man in his youth, but after forty I believe that manual dexterity deserts one, and, besides, the color-sense is less acute. Youth can better stand the exactions of a personal kind that are inseparable from portraiture. I have had enough of it.
~ John Singer Sargent

 

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It seems to be a law of nature that no man, unless he has some obvious physical deformity, ever is loth to sit for his portrait.
~ Sir Max Beerbohm

 

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Most of our modern portrait painters are doomed to absolute oblivion. They never paint what they see. They paint what the public sees, and the public never sees anything.
~ Oscar Wilde

 

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Mr. Lely, I desire you would use all your skill to paint my picture truly like me, and not flatter me at all; but remark all these roughnesses, pimples, warts, and everything as you see me, otherwise I will never pay a farthing for it.
~ Oliver Cromwell

 

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Sir Joshua would have been glad to take her portrait; and he would have had an easier task than the historian at least in this, that he would not have had to represent the truth of change --only to give stability to one beautiful moment.
~ George Eliot

 

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Some will not recognize the truthfulness of my mirror. Let them remember that I am not here to reflect the surface... but must penetrate inside. My mirror probes down to the heart. I write words on the forehead and around the corners of the mouth. My human faces are truer than the real ones.
~ Paul Klee

 

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The explanation of the propensity of the English people to portrait painting is to be found in their relish for a Fact. Let a man do the grandest things, fight the greatest battles, or be distinguished by the most brilliant personal heroism, yet the English people would prefer his portrait to a painting of the great deed. The likeness they can judge of; his existence is a Fact. But the truth of the picture of his deeds they cannot judge of, for they have no imagination.
~ Benjamin Haydon

 

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There are only two styles of portrait painting; the serious and the smirk.
~ Charles Dickens

 

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When you start with a portrait and search for a pure form, a clear volume, through successive eliminations, you arrive inevitably at the egg. Likewise, starting with the egg and following the same process in reverse, one finishes with the portrait.
~ Pablo Picasso

 

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