Tuesday, February 2, 2010

What Artist Would You Choose to Paint Your Portrait?

Kenju would've chosen Andrew Wyeth to paint her portrait.

Dianne,  this painter would certainly do you justice.

Young Woman Drawing, 1801
Marie-Denise Villers 
(French, 1774–1821)
Oil on canvas

63 1/2 x 50 5/8 in. (161.3 x 128.6 cm)
Mr. and Mrs. Isaac D. Fletcher Collection, Bequest of Isaac D. Fletcher, 1917 (17.120.204)
At one time ascribed to Jacques-Louis David, this alluring portrait has now been recognized as the work of Marie-Denise Villers. Although little known today, Villers was a gifted pupil of Girodet and exhibited in the Salons, where her portraits attracted attention. This work, which may be a self-portrait, was exhibited in the Salon of 1801.

 Jams O'Donnel commissioned William Hogarth

and here he is with a self-portrait entitled
Hogarth Painting the Comic Muse. 
National Portrait Gallery, London, UK.
Although I would never, ever, ever recommend that my friend Singing Bear have his portrait "painted" by Jackson Pollock, I did want to honor his request. Only for a blog pal like Singing Bear (for the longest time I called him  Dancing Bear. It's a wonder he still speaks to me!) But about Jackson Pollock - he is virtually the only famous painter I can think whose work I don't like  --  at all.    :-o 

 There are actually a couple of shapes in this one that strongly resemble people. It's an screen print, though, not a painting

Susan would want to painted in the style of Rembrandt's Danae. 

This is a detail from Rembrant's great work taken from Greek mythology. Danae is generally portrayed in her locked room as Zeus arrives in the form of a shower of gold. Their offspring was Perseus. Danae was locked away by her father, Acrisius, because the oracle had foretold that her son would kill him. When he discovered the union of Zeus and Danae, Acrisius locked her and her son in a chest that was set adrift. Eventually, they were rescued on the shore of Seriphus. With the change in venue, came a change in the outcome. Instead of killing his grandfather, Perseus killed King Polydectes of Seriphus, who tried to force himself on Danae.

For me, it would be Rembrandt Da Vinci in the Mona Lisa style
(You are all very kind to not have corrected me but it did take me a couple of days before I discovered this mistake.)


  1. Someone who would make me look like a nymph!


    Comfort Spiral

  2. Thanks for the Pollock! :)

    If I could have a second choice it would be Jean Dubuffet! :))

  3. Haha everyoine has mnade excellent choices. I love the Hogarth you chose for me!

  4. Thanks for the Wyeth! I do love his paintings.

  5. this is so interesting

    I loved the Wyeth

  6. SG: I hope I didn't insult you. I've tried to like Pollock. But only a little. ;-)

    Cloudia: Oh, there are nymphs a-plenty in the art world! Nympholeptos to you! :-D

    Everyone - this was fun; thanks for pitching in to make it that way!

    All the love,

  7. All kinds o; fun!

    I'd like to be painted by Sherwin Williams.

  8. hi! very interesting post. I would choose Ingres or Van Gogh to do mine. Ingre because he did that so perfectly, and Van Gogh because i would be so curious about the result, it would be very interesting.

  9. Paty: I'm realllllyyyy excited about reading your blogs!

    Sou louca sobre os Brasileiros! :-)

    Welcome to my blog!

  10. Taxi: are you in Brasil also?

  11. Blushing here - that would be Da Vinci. How could I?

  12. Your post are so interesting... all the time.
    Even though I would have loved Frida Kahlo to paint my portrait... Gauguin's nudes are some of my favorites...so Gauguin would have be the one. Sorry Frida :(

  13. What an interesting question - and I find it doubly so because I almost can't answer it. I really can't picture anyone but me doing my face... But it would be fun to see what would happen if Hundertwasser were to do it (though he almost never did portraits). Or Klimt.

  14. Pagan Sphinx: I like Pollack, but I like really emotional art.

    As for who I would like to paint my portrait, I would choose Man Ray. I think he would have come up with something really funny.

  15. Now I'm so sorry it took me days and days to get back here to see what happened with the choices of portrait artists. Everybody made very good ones but I particularly liked Jams' choice of Hogarth. I always loved his work too but stand by my selection of Rembrandt. Thanks so much for posting that lovely painting and the story.

    Your portrait by DaVinci would be a treat to see as well. You know I read a week or two ago that an art historian has determined the Mona Lisa might have been a self portrait. Interesting thought, eh?


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