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Portrait Paintings For Sale
Portrait of a Young Girl
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Portrait of a Young Girl Oil on canvas, c. 1895 Signed lower right (see photo) Edmondson studied in Paris with Lefebvre and Aman-Jean. This work shows the influence of Aman-Jean. Con...
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Late 19th Century Impressionist Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Charles Dickinson Langley, Portrait Of A Mother & Child, Oil Painting
Located in Cheltenham, GB
This beautiful mid-19th-century oil painting by British artist Charles Dickinson Langley (1799-1873) depicts a mother and child before a landscape. Little is known about Langley, wh...
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1840s Victorian Portrait Paintings

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Oil, Canvas

Michiel Jansz. Van Mierevelt (Follower), Portrait of Maurice of Orange
Located in Cheltenham, GB
This early to mid-17th-century oil on panel depicts Maurice of Nassau (1567-1625), Prince of Orange. It’s a bust-length portrait, presented in a feigned oval, after a full length by ...
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Mid-17th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Wood Panel, Oil

Queen Maria Henrietta - Circle of Anthony Van Dyck
By Anthony van Dyck
Located in Gent, BE
Oil on panel This spontaneously painted oil sketch is related to Van Dyck's "Portrait of Queen Mary Henrietta" (now in a private collection in New York), which the master painted fo...
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17th Century Flemish School Portrait Paintings

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Oil, Wood Panel

Portrait of a Lady in a Blue Gown Holding a Sheer Scarf c.1675-85, Oil on canvas
By Kneller Godfrey
Located in London, GB
Portrait of a Lady in a Blue Gown Holding a Sheer Scarf c.1675-85 Studio of Sir Godfrey Kneller (1646-1723) Titan Fine Art present this captivating portrait by the leading late seve...
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17th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Huge Portrait of a Lady after Modigliani, Oil Painting on Canvas
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
Portrait of a Woman after Modigliani (see details verso) oil on canvas, unframed canvas: 36 x 24 inches provenance: private collection, England condition: a few minor scuffs but over...
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20th Century Modern Portrait Paintings

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Oil

Portrait of an Elegant Lady in a Red Silk Dress, Beautiful Antique Frame c.1720
By Jonathan Richardson the Elder
Located in London, GB
This beautiful portrait was painted circa 1725 and is a fine example of the English eighteenth century portrait style. The artist has chosen to depict the lady against a plain background wearing a simple red silk dress and transparent headdress hanging down the back. The sitter is not shown with jewellery or any other elements to distract the viewer’s attached, thus highlighting the beauty of the young sitter. This restrained manner achieves a sense of understated elegance. The portrait genre was valued particularly highly in English society. Neither landscapes nor allegorical pictures were ever priced so highly at exhibitions and in the trade as depictions of people, from the highest aristocracy to scholars, writers, poets and statesmen. With the rich colouring and lyrical characterisation, these works are representative of the archetypal English portrait and is are very appealing examples of British portraiture...
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18th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Alexandre-Gabriel Descamps
Located in East Grinstead, GB
Oil on canvas, portrait of a lady in moonlight looking to the Heavens, titled ‘He lives upstairs’, (in the house of God). A mysterious painting from an artist who is well known for unusual North African scenes...
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Mid-19th Century Portrait Paintings

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Oil

The tramp and his daughter oil on board painting modernism art
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Oil measures 70x50 cm. Frame measures 83x63 cm. Painter of landscapes and figures, in whose characterization he deepens psychologically capturing the character, Albert Roca has won...
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1990s Modern Portrait Paintings

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Oil, Board

Nude goddess oil on canvas painting
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Tuya Natsagdorj (Mongolia 1970) - Naked Goddess - oil on canvas Oil measures 63x53 cm. Frame measures 66x56 cm. Natsagdorj Tuya is a female artist who graduated from the kyiv School of Theater Arts in Ukraine and the Kyoto School of Art in Japan. Popular painter in the United States and Japan. In 2006 he participated in the exhibition "Mongolian art...
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Early 2000s Post-Modern Portrait Paintings

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Oil, Canvas

goddess oil on canvas painting hindu mythology
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Tuya Natsagdorj (Mongolia 1970) - Goddess - oil on canvas Oil measures 65x54 cm. Frameless. Natsagdorj Tuya is a female artist who graduated from the kyiv School of Theater Arts in Ukraine and the Kyoto School of Art in Japan. Popular painter in the United States and Japan. In 2006 he participated in the exhibition "Mongolian art...
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Early 2000s Post-Modern Portrait Paintings

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Oil, Canvas

tramps and accordion oil on board painting modernism art
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Oil measures 70x50 cm. Frame measures 83x63 cm. Painter of landscapes and figures, in whose characterization he deepens psychologically capturing the character, Albert Roca has won...
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1990s Modern Portrait Paintings

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Oil, Board

Spanish grape picker oil on canvas painting
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Lafuente - Grape harvester - Oil on canvas Spanish school signed "Lafuente". Oil measures 61x50 cm. Frameless.
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1950s Modern Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Portrait of a Young Gentleman and Pet Dog c.1680, Antique oil on Canvas Painting
Located in London, GB
The portrait genre was valued particularly highly in English society. Neither landscapes nor allegorical pictures were ever priced so highly at exhibitions and in the trade as depictions of people, from the highest aristocracy to scholars, writers, poets and statesmen. This charming portrait, presented by Titan Fine Art, of a fashionable young gentleman and his faithful pet is an excellent example of 17th century child portraiture in England. There is a remarkable beauty and sensitivity to the portrait. The face, particularly well rendered, has captured the character of this young man – both charming and at the same time mischievous. Only the playful attention of a small dog suggests anything less than patrician dignity. Symbolism was important in portraiture and it provided a pointed and aspirational narrative that would not have been lost on contemporary viewers. For example, the presence of the dog, which was likely the boy’s pet, is at once a charming pictorial device and also a clear allusion to fidelity, trust and loyalty. The hairstyle and the attire, notably the type of cravat with the blue ribbon, help to date this portrait to between 1670 to 1685. Until the late eighteenth century children were dressed as adults - boys were dressed like men in breeches, vests, and coats between four and seven years of age. The expensive lace is an indication to his family’s wealth. Held in a good quality and condition antique gilded frame. Born in Suffolk, Mary Beale, nee Cradock (1633-1699) was employed by many of the most distinguished persons of her time including nobility, landed gentry, and clergymen. Technically accomplished, her paintings are noteworthy for their honest and sympathetic portrayal. In 1651 she married Charles Beale...
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17th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

19th century portrait painted in St Petersburg in 1819
Located in London, GB
Signed, inscribed and dated, lower right: 'Geo Dawe RA St Petersburgh 1819', also signed with initials, lower centre: 'G D RA'; and signed and inscribed verso: 'Geo Dawe RA Pinxit 1819 St Petersburgh'; Also inscribed on the stretcher by Cornelius Varley with varnishing instructions. Collections: Private collection, UK, 2010 Literature: Galina Andreeva Geniuses of War, Weal and Beauty: George Dawe...
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19th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Stained glass window with naked woman oil on canvas painting
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Joaquim Sabaté Casanova - Stained glass window with a nude woman - Oil on canvas Oil on canvas - Hand signed - c.1990 Oil measures 92x65 cm. Frameless. Quimet Sabaté will enter the...
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1990s Pop Art Portrait Paintings

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Oil, Canvas

Large Vibrant Surrealist Painting. Domestic Scene In Virtual Landscape
Located in FISTERRA, ES
Shipped well packed in a roll, without frame. "The Nap (Bacchus' Siesta)" is an Artwork by Natasha Lelenco, a Spanish artist of Moldovan origin, created using acrylic on canvas. It depicts a domestic scene that combines figuration with geometric elements, residing somewhere between the pixelated world of digital imagery and allusions to the traditional ornamentation found in Eastern European canvases and tapestries. An intimate scene that bridges the gap between the virtual and physical worlds, illustrating the difficulty of finding a solid footing. The artist herself says this about the piece: "This work, humorously referred to as 'Bacchus' Siesta', originated as a portrait of my partner during the days of the 2020 pandemic lockdown. It was the first completed piece in the series titled 'New Jungles.' These works delve into themes of disorientation and virtuality, portraying characters who seem lost and absorbed. The degradation of the environment, the commodification of Earth's resources, and the displacement of communities due to consumerism all lead to disorganized societies where individuals become powerless subjects, struggling to find solid ground and a sense of place. 'Bacchus' Siesta' portrays a salon scene immersed in a simulated natural setting. The intricate floral details of the traditional Moldovan carpet...
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2010s Pop Art Portrait Paintings

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Acrylic, Canvas

Maternity girl with baby oil on board painting
By Amadeo Freixas Vivo
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Certainly a family of artists, such as, of course, Amadeu (1912-2004), known for a long artistic career, as a teacher of several generations of painters and as an artistic popularize...
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1970s Impressionist Portrait Paintings

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Board, Oil

Lady at the Flower Market
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
LEBAS Léonie (19th-20th) "Lady at the Flower Market in Paris" Oil on wood panel signed low right Old Frame regilded with gold leaves Dim panel : 16 X...
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1890s Academic Portrait Paintings

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Oil

Woman and rose window oil on canvas painting surrealist
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Ramón Llovet (1917-1987) - Woman and rose window - Oil on canvas Canvas measures 61x50 cm. Frameless. Ramon Llovet Miserol (Barcelona, ​​August 7, 1917 - Barcelona, ​​August 2, 1987...
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1970s Surrealist Portrait Paintings

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Oil, Canvas

The Swing - Romantic Scene in the Garden
By Antonio Cerveto
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
CERVETO RIBA Antonio (1876-1938) "The swing" Oil on canvas signed low right Gault frame (Paris) Dim canvas : 60 X 80 cm Dim frame : 81 X 102 cm CERVETO RIB...
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1920s Academic Portrait Paintings

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Oil

Large painting Hollywood Legends Marilyn Dean Mc Queen Hepburn
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
SGARRA Robert (1959) Technic :Mix Acrylic paint and photograph Collage Mount : Wood panel Dimension : (H) 100cm x (L)150 cm x (T) 10 cm SGARRA Robert (1959) French Painter and Sculp...
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Late 20th Century Pop Art Portrait Paintings

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Acrylic

Hippie portrait original oil on canvas painting
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Frame size 80x69 cm. Joan Cruspinera Muñoz was born in 1945 in Tiana, Barcelona. This Catalan artist is a painter, draftsman and painter. His training...
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1970s Expressionist Portrait Paintings

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Oil, Canvas

People in period clothing oil on canvas painting
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Joan Camo Sentis (1920-2021) - Period Characters - Oil on canvas Canvas measures 46x38 cm. Frameless. Joan Camo Sentis (1920 - 2001) Catalan painter specialized in oil painting on c...
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1970s Other Art Style Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Female portrait melancholia oil on canvas painting
By Pascual Bueno Ferrer
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Pascual Bueno Ferrer (1930) Pascual Bueno Ferrer is a Catalan painter who has cultivated painting and drawing as a child. In 1956 he enrolled at the Sant Jordi Higher School of Fi...
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1970s Post-Impressionist Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Female figure woman oil on canvas painting portrait
By Joan Palet
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Joan Palet (1911 - 1996) - Female figure - Oil on canvas Oil measures 46x38 cm. Frame measures 70x62 cm. Joan Palet was born in Barcelona on March 28, 1911 in a family of sculptors ...
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1970s Impressionist Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Wet Hair, Florence, Italy, 2021
Located in New York, NY
This price includes that the painting is stretched and framed. ABOUT Born in 1967, Piussi was raised in Florence where he studied at the Istituto d’arte, majoring in sculpture and ...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Oil

The Angel oil on canvas painting surrealist
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Ramón Llovet (1917-1987) - Angel - Oil on canvas Canvas measures 92x73 cm. Frame measures 94x75 cm. Ramon Llovet Miserol (Barcelona, ​​August 7, 1917 - Barcelona, ​​August 2, 1987...
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1980s Surrealist Portrait Paintings

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Oil, Canvas

traveling musicians oil on board painting modernism art
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Oil measures 70x50 cm. Frame measures 83x63 cm. Painter of landscapes and figures, in whose characterization he deepens psychologically capturing the character, Albert Roca has won...
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1990s Modern Portrait Paintings

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Board, Oil

Communist the tramp charlot charlie Chaplin oil on canvas painting
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Joaquim Falcó (1958) The painter Joaquim Falcó was born in Manresa (Barcelona, Spain) and was related to art from a very early age: at the age of 9 he e...
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Early 2000s Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Oil, Canvas

Couple of man and woman oil on canvas painting
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Ramón Llovet (1917-1987) - Couple - Oil on canvas Canvas measures 50x61 cm. Frameless. Ramon Llovet Miserol (Barcelona, ​​August 7, 1917 - Barcelona, ​​August 2, 1987) was a painter...
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1970s Surrealist Portrait Paintings

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Oil, Canvas

vagabonds oil on board painting modernism art
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Oil measures 70x50 cm. Frame measures 83x63 cm. Painter of landscapes and figures, in whose characterization he deepens psychologically capturing the character, Albert Roca has won...
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1990s Modern Portrait Paintings

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Board, Oil

Self portrait original oil on canvas painting
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Joan Cruspinera Muñoz was born in 1945 in Tiana, Barcelona. This Catalan artist is a painter, draftsman and painter. His training is extensive and int...
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1970s Expressionist Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

The Boy from The Hood
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
Painting Ships in a well-protected tube from Nigeria This work is unique, this is not a print or other type of copy. Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Acrylic, Canvas

Contemporary Abstract British Unfinished Painting Of A Cubist Face
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
'Abstract Portrait' by Bolly Frost Acrylic painting on canvas signed on verso painting: 20 x 16 inches Superb original modern abstract portrait painting by the rising contemporar...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Expressionist Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Study of Blue Boy
By Mary Welch
Located in Soquel, CA
Oil painting of a study of "Blue Boy" standing with his hat in his left hand by Mary Welch (American, 1875-1967). Circa 1918. Signed "M. Welch" lower left and gifted circa "1955" on verso. Image: 6"L x 9"H. Mary Welch, born 10 years after the end of the Civil War, was a woman ahead of her time. She signed her paintings M. Welch, hoping that potential buyers wouldn't discover she was a woman. More often than not, when they learned her sex, art dealers lost interest. The Hutchinson artist never married, never had children. But when she died in 1967, she left an impressive body of paintings, many of them familiar Kansas landscapes...
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1920s Impressionist Portrait Paintings

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Oil, Board

Early 20th Century Young Girl With Pink Bow Portrait
Located in Soquel, CA
Beautiful portrait of a young girl by listed aritst artist Helen Mae Enoch Gleiforst (American,1903-1997). Signed "Gleiforst" lower left. Unframed. Image, 20"H x 16"W. Gleiforst wa...
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1930s American Impressionist Portrait Paintings

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Board, Oil

Portrait of a Woman by an Unknown Artist, In the Manner of Franz Von Stuck
Located in Stockholm, SE
Franz von Stuck (follower of) Portrait of a Woman watercolor and crayon on paper frame included picture size 16.92 x 11.81 inches (43 x 30 cm) fram...
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Late 19th Century Portrait Paintings

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Crayon, Watercolor

Sunshine Bunny_2023, America Martin_Oil/Acrylic/Canvas_Animal Portrait_Green
Located in 326 N Coast Hwy. | Laguna Beach, CA
America Martin "Sunshine Bunny" Oil & Acrylic on Canvas 16 x 16 in. ; 17.625 x 17.625 in. Framed ______________ Exploring the identity of both her namesake and country, LA-based Ame...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Oil, Acrylic, Canvas

Ojulari I
Located in Ibadan, Oyo
"Ojulari" is a series of three (3) paintings which does have a similarity of a big eyeball. Ojulari simply means "Exterior Appearance" of a person. There is one Yoruba adage that s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Antique Austrian Signed Classical Muscular Male Nude 19th Century Framed Drawing
Located in Buffalo, NY
Antique Austrian classical drawing by August Gerasch (1822-1908). Super fine quality. Framed. Signed.
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1890s Realist Portrait Paintings

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Pencil

“Comme Avant, As Before" Abstract Colorful Portrait Street Art Pop Art on Canvas
Located in New York, NY
This particular piece depicts an anonymous portrait of a beautiful woman. Inspired by the every day, JM Robert strives to create paintings that mimic the flash of a beautiful face se...
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2010s Street Art Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Ink, Mixed Media, Acrylic

Antique portrait of a boy, child portrait, early 1800's male framed portrait
Located in AIGNAN, FR
Antique oil portrait from the early 1800's of a child in a black feather hat on a stretched canvas, framed, unsigned. This is a truly exceptional oil painting of a child, it reminds ...
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1810s French School Portrait Paintings

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Oil

French nudes painter - 20th century figure painting - Oil on canvas Paris
Located in Varmo, IT
French painter (early 20th century) - Female nude. 100 x 70 cm without frame, 109 x 79 cm with frame. Antique oil painting on canvas, in a gilded wooden frame (some cracks). Condi...
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1920s Art Nouveau Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Abstract Cactus, Sculptured Totem 3D Shapes in Green, Purple, Pink on Beige
Located in Barcelona, ES
"Abstract Cactus" is an acrylic painting from Ryan Rivadeneyra's series of imagined modernist sculptures. In this series, Rivadeneyra explores the possibilities of colorful sculptura...
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2010s Abstract Portrait Paintings

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Oil Pastel, Ink, Sumi Ink, Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Archival Paper

Rococo French painter - 18th century figure painting - Portrait girl with rose
Located in Varmo, IT
French painter (18th century) - Portrait of a shepherdess with flowers. 40.5 x 32.5 cm without frame, 47 x 39 cm with frame. Antique oil painting on canvas, in a gilded wooden fram...
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1770s Rococo Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Rococò French painter - 18th century figure painting - Portrait girl with rose
Located in Varmo, IT
French painter (18th century) - Portrait of a shepherdess with rose. 40.5 x 32.5 cm without frame, 47 x 39 cm with frame. Antique oil painting on canvas, in a gilded wooden frame. ...
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1770s Rococo Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Antique oil on canvas painting depicting a little girl with a dog.
Located in Torre Del Greco, IT
Antique oil on canvas painting of a little girl with a dog signed "A.Lemoine" (1809-1839)with coeval frame. The scene takes place in the foreground with the presence of the little ...
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19th Century Portrait Paintings

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Canvas

Nuya-original abstract modern portrait painting-Artwork-contemporary Art
Located in London, Chelsea
Montana Engels: "This pink, purple, blue painting is inspired by a sunset in the Mountains of Switserland. Dawn light hitting the mountains in an ever so delicate way that reflects t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Realist Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

French School - PS 238 Le temps des jonquilles - Oil Impressionist
Located in Sempach, LU
PS 238 Le temps des Jonquilles Portrait of a woman with back naked. Structural analysis: Such as Impressionist painting, the subject is firstly a study of light on human body, cr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Impressionist Portrait Paintings

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Ink, Oil, Acrylic

Vibrant Neon Choristers. Female Singing Surrealist Portraits. Decorative Panel
Located in FISTERRA, ES
The four portraits of choristers in mixed media on wood that compose this multiple panel are the original artworks from which the project "Choristers Without Chorus" originates. Base...
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2010s Pop Art Portrait Paintings

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Wood, Spray Paint, Acrylic, Gesso

FIGURATIVE painting magical "Study for magenta spirit" textured mixed in rose
Located in Bogotá, Bogotá
The one who is absent Painting 20" x 21" inch by Ion Xiua. Mixed technique. Oil on canvas made with professional Winsor & Newton colors protected with gloss varnish with UV protecti...
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2010s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Oil

The Apple - Oil Paint by Veniero Canevari - 1970s
Located in Roma, IT
The Apple is a contemporary artwork realized by Veniero Canevari in the 1970s. Mixed colored oil on canvas. Includes frame. Hand signed on the lower margin.
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1970s Contemporary Portrait Paintings

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Oil, Canvas

French School - Portrait Pachamama Glósóli 008 - (XXL Large) Post Impressionist
Located in Sempach, LU
Pachamama Glósóli 08 Portrait closeup of a woman with black hair. Vibrant and powerful stare. Technique: oil, acrylic, and ink on large canvas 116x89cm ■■ 46.7 x 35.3 inch Structur...
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21st Century and Contemporary Impressionist Portrait Paintings

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Ink, Oil, Acrylic

French School - Portrait Pachamama Glósóli 005 - (XXL Large) Post Impressionist
Located in Sempach, LU
Pachamama Glósóli 05 Portrait closeup of a woman with blue hair. Vibrant and powerful stare. Technique: oil, acrylic, and ink on large canvas 120x80cm ■■ 47,2 x 31,7 inch Structura...
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21st Century and Contemporary Impressionist Portrait Paintings

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Ink, Oil, Acrylic

French School, 17th Century, 'Portrait of the Marquise de Grugieres', oil canvas
Located in Petworth, West Sussex
French school, 17th Century Portrait of the Marquise de Grugieres Oil on canvas 26.1/4 x 21.5/8 in. (66.7 x 54.8 cm.) In a gilded composite frame, later production (possible early 1...
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17th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Oil, Canvas

1935 English oil of a terrier dog portrait, Bonzo
Located in Woodbury, CT
W.Redworth, English portrait of a terrier dog, circa 1935 Wonderful oil on canvas portrait. A very English animal portrait and a very well painted painting, framed in an amazing a...
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1930s Victorian Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Antique American School Modernist WPA Ashcan Woman Portrait Signed Oil Painting
By Richard Hook
Located in Buffalo, NY
Oil on board. Framed. Signed.
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1930s Modern Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

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An elegant and sophisticated decorative touch in any living space, portrait paintings have remained popular throughout the years and are widely loved pieces of art for display in many homes today.

Portrait paintings are at least as old as ancient Egypt, where realistic, lifelike depictions of the recently deceased — commonly known as “mummy portraits” — were painted on wooden panels and affixed to mummies as part of the burial tradition.

For centuries, painters have used portraiture as a means of expressing a subject’s nobility, societal status and authority. Portraits were given as gifts in Renaissance Europe, and a portrait artist might have been commissioned to help mark a significant occasion such as a wedding or a promotion to high office. Prior to the advent of photography, which eventually replaced painted portraits as a quicker and more efficient way of capturing a person’s essence, the subject of a portrait had to sit for hours until the painter had finished. And during the 18th century in particular, if an artist commissioned for a portrait struggled with how to adequately memorialize and capture a subject’s likeness, sometimes a portrait painting wasn’t completed for up to a year.

Whether it’s part of the gallery-style approach to your living-room or dining-room walls or merely inspiration as you devise an eye-grabbing color scheme in your home, a portrait painting is a timeless decorative object for any interior. A landscape painting or sculpture might give you the kind of insight into a specific region of the world or a different culture that you can ascertain only through art. Similarly, when you take the time to learn about the subject of a portrait painting that you bring into your home — the sitter’s history, the relationship between the sitter and the artist should one exist, the story of how the portrait came to be — that work can become intensely personal in addition to its place as an object for an art-hungry corner of your apartment or house.

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