To painting, the portrait is what the biography is to writing. But words do not suffice to capture a countenance in all its essence. Language simply does not have the nuances necessary to reflect the shape of a face, mimic, as well as emotion. That however is what the portrait artist is capable of doing. With pens and colors, she describes what would have been forgotten without her. The painted portrait is a special and extremely fascinating type of art.
Taking a look at classical portrait art in fact equals looking at human history. To the portrait artist, the individuality and uniqueness of a portrait pose an intellectual challenge, especially in times in which a collectively produced flood of pictures pushes the look at the original into the corner of clichÃ©. In a portrait, the ”Zeitgeist” and the social view of the ”own” converge with great sensitivity.