Saturday, February 6, 2010

What Artist Would You Choose to Paint Your Portrait Part II

In this post, What Artist Would You Choose to Paint Your Portrait, I asked my readers and blog pals to give me the names of artists (living or dead) whom they would choose to paint their portrait.

Since then, I've received responses from more folks.  Flor Larios, an artist herself and proprietor of the Etsy shop Flor Larios Art, comes a request for a portrait by either her inspiration Frida Khalo or by Gaugin. You'll love Flor's beautiful Mexican inspired paintings, prints, boxes and other artworks. I've purchased a couple of prints as gifts and some beautiful note cards for Christmas.

While it's true that Frida mostly painted self-portraits, I'm particular fond of this portrait of her sister Cristina Khalo:

My Sister Cristina Khalo

My Sister Cristina Khalo

And also for Flor, a favorite Gaugin of mine. With her long, dark hair, she would make a perfect subject in a Gaugin painting.

Three Tahitians

Steve of the blog Color Sweet Tooth, also a fine artist, said that if Friedensreich Hundertwasser painted portraits, he would be his choice. This is the closest I came to anything resembling a portrait. Thanks, Steve, as I'd never heard of him. Incredibly good stuff to sink my head into in the very near future.

Steve also thought of Klimt. I thought of Klimt too. What woman wouldn't think of Klimt to paint her portrait.  But finding any portrait of a man by Klimt proved to be difficult. Here is one I found:

Joseph Pembauer
Pembauer was a pianist and piano teacher of the times in Vienna. The frame is also A Klimt design. I believe this is a glicee print.

And because Klimt's portraits of women are so extraordinary, I leave it to your imagination how he may have painted a male portrait in the same vein in this one, without the woman. Just a thought.

Libhom chose Man Ray, who is also a huge favorite of mine. Here is a sample:

Cloudia of wasn't fussy about who should paint her portrait as long as she was painted as a nymph. What exactly is a nymph, you ask? There are many. Read up on them here. Depicted here, however, is a particular kind of nymph called a Haliai.

Quite simply, sea nymphs. They show up under this name in a random play by Sophocles and in Callimachus' Hymn to Artemis (read it!), but doesn't seem to be as commonly used as the more general "nymph" or the more specific "Nereid" or "Oceanid". Haliai comes from the word for "sea" and also means "salt". Oh, for a moment of amusement,  glance to the right at the poll results. I'm really curious about who has had their portrait painted and by whom. Come on! Fess up!  ;-) I was the only one who voted that I would have to think about it.  I had such a hard time choosing just one portrait. There were so many, for the various stages of my life; finally settling on Mona Lisa. I can't give Mona up...   I hope you're having a good Saturday. Peace, love and all groovy things, Pagan Sphinx


  1. Frida's sister was prettier than she was, and her eyebrows don't meet in the center, which is a definite plus!

    I like the Klimt and the nymph!

  2. This was a wonderful idea for some posts about art and your visitors made some excellent choices. It's amusing to imagine Steve wanting to have his portrait painted by Klimt. You did well finding a man that he'd done a portrait of since I was just imagining Steve having a starring role in 'The Kiss' - something I'm sure he wouldn't mind at all so long as his partner was Moonin Light :-)

    The lady who chose Frida Kahlo to paint her portrait must be both a brave and beautiful woman since the artist never seemed to make allowances to ignore imperfections - at least not of herself.

    Too bad there's no format I know of that could allow us hints of these portraits as suggested. They would be fun to see.

  3. well, this was fun and why didn't i do it? well it would have been frida as well! ;) not much of a surprise i think... this was a wonderful post, gina♥

  4. more beautiful and interesting choices

  5. I'm glad you enjoyed this, my friends. I had tremendous fun putting these posts together!

    Linda: I don't see you being painted by Frida. With your wavy hair and fair skin...I don't know...but I'll try to find something!

    Love to you all,

  6. I hope Libhom comes over sometime. I love the Man Ray I chose for him, though it is not a painting. Besides WP and me, I've not known many Man Ray fans in my day!

  7. Pagan,

    Thanks for this post! And for the new Hundertwasser - I haven't seen that one before. There are a few self portraits in his paintings, but most of his pieces read as landscapes (sort of). He's been one of my inspirations since I was in highschool.

    And I guess it IS odd to think of Klimt painting my portrait (though I love his style). I get teh impression he was so enamored of women that he hardly spared time to look at men, much less paint them.

  8. That is an interesting photo. Man Ray was a lot of fun, though I am biased in favor of surrealists.

  9. Jean-Louis (?) David (ala "Liberty Leading the People").

    Not only could he make me look heroic . . . but I'd get to follow that bare-breasted chick, too! ;-p


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