Tuesday, 22 January 2013

The painting of the Duchess of Cambridge

I would agree with the critics who slated the painting. The pose is all wrong for a portrait of a future queen. Those of us who are educated in art would see its flaws straight away. The main problem with this style of painting is that the subject ends up looking like a facsimile of a photograph. Art is about expression and this style of painting subdues expression-both that of the artist and sitter. Please go to the National Gallery in London which is free and look at Rembrandt's portraits. You will see straight away what I am talking about. Kate is not a great beauty and neither do her eyes come across as sparkling, but there is a softness and kindness in her face that would translate well in a portrait (by the right artist).

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