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German Expressionism Themes: Portraits. Why are Portraits so Important in Art History? - How To Talk About Art History. Anthony van Dyck, Charles I in Three Positions, 1635-1636.

Why are Portraits so Important in Art History? - How To Talk About Art History

Oil on canvas. Royal Collection. Reader question: “Why are portraits so important in art history? Portrait Painting Tutorial. Drawing Portraits with Laith McGregor. Drawing Life Class Models Techniques & Advice for Figure Drawing People - How to Draw Step by Step Drawing Tutorials. The usual pose of the life class model is a standing one in an easy attitude, the arms hanging by the sides or maybe one bent with the hand resting on the hip.

Drawing Life Class Models Techniques & Advice for Figure Drawing People - How to Draw Step by Step Drawing Tutorials

Well and good; for the principles of drawing can best be imparted and grasped by the study of these simple standing poses. Many students are impatient and ill-content with such poses, and are constantly agitating to have the model placed in some “fancy” pose or one that can be utilized in a composition or some work that they have in mind. But one can never get enough of studying the simple standing poses to emphasize the importance of two things in drawing—first, movement, and second, getting the figure standing with the feet well placed on the floor. Before starting a sketch from life, mark a line at the top and one at the bottom of the paper to show the limits within which you intend to keep the figure.

Paula Modersohn-Becker: An Intensely Artistic Eye. Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris 8 April – 21 August 2016 by ANNA McNAY.

Paula Modersohn-Becker: An Intensely Artistic Eye

Soutine’s Portraits: Cooks, Waiters and Bellboys. Courtauld Gallery, London 19 October 2017 – 21 January 2018 by EMILY SPICER Chaïm Soutine (1893–1943) moved to Paris in 1913, from what is now Belarus, without a franc to his name, but got his big break in 1923 when an American collector spotted his portrait of a pastry chef and instantly purchased more than 50 of the artist’s canvases.

Soutine’s Portraits: Cooks, Waiters and Bellboys

Soutine could now afford to stay in the best hotels in Paris, and experience the roaring 20s in style. But he seemed more at home with the service staff. Soutine’s Portraits: Cooks, Waiters and Bellboys is the first exhibition of the artist’s work in the UK for 35 years and the only one to bring together this unique collection of paintings. Modigliani. Tate Modern, London 23 November 2017 – 2 April 2018 by HATTY NESTOR Amedeo Modigliani’s alluring, visceral figures are some of the most celebrated portraits of the 20th century, and this major retrospective at Tate Modern, curated by Nancy Ireson, includes the largest collection of his nude paintings ever shown together in the UK.


The exhibition attempts to illustrate the breadth of his practice, with his less famous sculptures and drawings shown alongside the nudes. And, in a first for Tate Modern, it is using virtual reality to enable visitors to imagine themselves in the painter’s final studio at 8 Rue de la Grande-Chaumière in Montparnasse. It seeks to give viewers an intimate window into Modigliani’s environment in early 20th-century Paris. Amedeo Modigliani. Gainsborough’s Family Album. National Portrait Gallery, London 22 November 2018 – 3 February 2019 by EMILY SPICER Thomas Gainsborough (1727–88) wanted to be a landscape painter.

Gainsborough’s Family Album

His heart was for ever in the country, tethered to Suffolk, where he had grown up. But he made his name painting portraits, and what luminescent portraits they were. One in particular stopped me in my tracks as I turned a corner in the National Portrait Gallery’s Wolfson Gallery. Lorenzo Lotto: Portraits. National Gallery, London 5 November 2018 – 10 February 2019.

Lorenzo Lotto: Portraits

Devan Shimoyama – interview: ‘I use my body to explore magic, mythology, history, intimacy, joy, pain’ By ALLIE BISWAS With two solo exhibitions opening this month in New York and Chicago, and a recent institutional debut at the Andy Warhol Museum, Devan Shimoyama’s paintings have been reaching wide audiences across the United States – and have been quick to gain a following.

Devan Shimoyama – interview: ‘I use my body to explore magic, mythology, history, intimacy, joy, pain’

His vibrant pictures, which often incorporate fabric and costume jewels, explore the politics of queer culture within the context of black American life, and often use self-portraiture as their starting point. Raffi Kalenderian – interview: ‘It’s like banging your head against a brick wall, but if you get through to the other side it feels so good’ By ANNA McNAY I first saw the work of Raffi Kalenderian (b1981, Los Angeles) in the Saatchi Gallery’s Painters’ Painters exhibition (2016-17), where his amazing blurring of subject and background, and use of stripes – with an almost unbelievably organic mastery – stood out and made him one of my latest artists to watch.

Raffi Kalenderian – interview: ‘It’s like banging your head against a brick wall, but if you get through to the other side it feels so good’

Now, he is having his fourth solo exhibition at Vielmetter, Los Angeles – Memento Vivo– and so we took the opportunity to have a chat by email about what it is that excites him about his work, who and what he likes to paint and some of his influences, and it gave me the chance to glean a little insight into his practice. Anna McNay: Where does the title of your current solo exhibition, Memento Vivo, come from?

Literally it translates as “remember to live”. Milton Avery: The Late Portraits. Victoria Miro Venice 20 July – 8 September 2019.

Milton Avery: The Late Portraits

Gauguin Portraits. National Gallery, London 7 October 2019 – 26 January 2020. Cézanne Portraits. National Portrait Gallery, London 26 October 2017 – 11 February 2018 by NICOLA HOMER The woman with a coffee pot has integrity in the solid form of her hands. The character appears in a portrait by French post-impressionist artist Paul Cézanne (1839-1906), which could be a modern version of a Vermeer, with its geometrical approach to a domestic interior. Yet the Woman With a Cafetière (c1895) depicts a simple life, rather than a middle-class scene. The picture hangs in a room called The Working Class and the Art World in the Cézanne Portraits exhibition. Paul Cézanne. The modern masters were inspired by the posthumous retrospective of Cézanne’s work at the Paris Salon d’Automne of 1907. Paul Cézanne. Paul Cézanne. David Hockney: Drawing from Life. National Portrait Gallery, London 27 February – 28 June 2020 by BETH WILLIAMSON The drawings in this exhibition span the entire career of artist David Hockney (b1937), from his time as a student at Bradford College of Art (1953-57) and the Royal College of Art (1959-62) to the most recent drawings made at the end of 2019.


Intimateobjects. Maggi Hambling: 'Every portrait is like a love affair' – TateShots. Art student gains huge social media following, launches career at high school. Last updated May 19th, 2018 Talented teenager Kate Powell has shared her Art projects on social media platforms since she was fifteen years old. She currently has over 12,000 fans on Facebook and 34,000 followers on tumblr, with one of her tumblr posts gaining over 112,000 notes.

We talk to Kate about how she has built this following and how she launched her career before graduating from high school. Kate is no stranger to success. She has achieved outstanding results as a student at North Halifax Grammar School, West Yorkshire, England, gaining A* (the highest grade) in OCR GCSE Art as a Year 9 student, two years younger than is expected, and A* for A Level Art OCR in Year 12. We were lucky enough to interview Kate below. You have achieved outstanding results in your high school Art courses, despite completing qualifications a year earlier than most. (115) How to PAINT A SELF PORTRAIT like Rembrandt. Top in the World: Stunning Self-Portraits by an A Level Art Student. Last updated February 8th, 2017 This outstanding Painting and Related Media project was completed by Abby Hope Skinner while studying A Level Art and Design at the International School of Paphos, Cyprus.

Abby achieved 98% overall for A Level Art (100% for AS Art and Design) and was awarded Top in the World for the CIE June examinations, 2012. Her A2 Coursework project explores the theme ‘Identity’. She submitted 9 x A1 sheets of preparatory work, an A4 sketchbook and an A3 final piece. The Student Art Guide regularly features exceptional high school Painting projects; it is rare that we stumble across one that is such a valuable learning opportunity for both students and teachers as this one.