I do not paint a portrait to look like the subject, rather does the person grow to look like his portrait.

Every time I paint a portrait I lose a friend.

Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.

A man's manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.

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There are only two styles of portrait painting; the serious and the smirk.

Few persons who have ever sat for a portrait can have felt anything but inferior while the process is going on.

The most difficult thing for me is a portrait.

You have to try and put your camera between the skin of a person and his shirt.

The portrait I do best is of the person I know best.

My job as a portrait photographer is to seduce, amuse and entertain.

The contents of someone's bookcase are part of his history, like an ancestral portrait. (About Books; Recoiling, Rereading, Retelling, New York Times, February 22, 1987)

A true portrait should, today and a hundred years from today, the Testimony of how this person looked and what kind of human being he was.

A man cannot speak but he judges himself.

With his will or against his will he draws his portrait to the eye of his companions by every word. Every opinion reacts on him who utters it. It is a threadball thrown at a mark, but the other end remains on the thrower

We demand that people should be true to the pictures we have of them, no matter how repulsive those pictures may be: we prefer the true portrait in all its homogeneity, to one with a detail added which refuses to fit in.

It seems to be a law of nature that no man, unless he has some obvious physical deformity, ever is loth to sit for his portrait.

Mr. Lely, I desire you would use all your skill to paint my picture truly like me, and not flatter me at all; but remark all these roughnesses, pimples, warts, and everything as you see me, otherwise I will never pay a farthing for it.

Sir Joshua would have been glad to take her portrait;

and he would have had an easier task than the historian at least in this, that he would not have had to represent the truth of change --only to give stability to one beautiful moment.

The explanation of the propensity of the English people to portrait painting is to be found in their relish for a Fact. Let a man do the grandest things, fight the greatest battles, or be distinguished by the most brilliant personal heroism, yet the English people would prefer his portrait to a painting of the great deed. The likeness they can judge of; his existence is a Fact. But the truth of the picture of his deeds they cannot judge of, for they have no imagination.

I had rather see the portrait of a dog that I know, than all the allegorical paintings they can show me in the world.

When you start with a portrait and search for a pure form, a clear volume, through successive eliminations, you arrive inevitably at the egg. Likewise, starting with the egg and following the same process in reverse, one finishes with the portrait.

He reproduced himself with so much humble objectivity, with the unquestioning, matter of fact interest of a dog who sees himself in a mirror and thinks: there's another dog.

I hate to paint portraits! I hope never to paint another portrait in my life.

Portraiture may be all right for a man in his youth, but after forty I believe that manual dexterity deserts one, and, besides, the color-sense is less acute. Youth can better stand the exactions of a personal kind that are inseparable from portraiture. I have had enough of it.

Most of our modern portrait painters are doomed to absolute oblivion.

They never paint what they see. They paint what the public sees, and the public never sees anything.

I see the President almost every day.

I see very plainly Abraham Lincoln's dark brown face with its deep-cut lines, the eyes always to me with a deep latent sadness in the expression. None of the artists or pictures has caught the deep, though subtle and indirect expression of this man's face. There is something else there. One of the great portrait painters of two or three centuries ago is needed.

The countenance is the portrait of the soul, and the eyes mark its intentions.

Every man's work, whether it be literature, or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.

A city's like our family portrait. We don't rip our family portrait, even if we don't like the nose of our uncle, because this portrait is you.

A journalist is supposed to present an unbiased portrait of an event, a view devoid of intimate emotions. This is impossible, of course. The framing of an image, by its very composition, represents a choice. The photographer chooses what to show and what to exclude.

When I was little, we had a Golden Book that had all these Disney characters in one portrait on the first page. My dad used to read from it every night. We'd play this game of find Pluto or find Donald Duck. He'd read us stories and do all the voices. Those are great memories.

Your library is your portrait.

The true portrait of a man is a fusion of what he thinks he is, what others think he is, what he really is and what he tries to be.

The challenge for me has first been to see things as they are, whether a portrait, a city street, or a bouncing ball. In a word, I have tried to be objective.

I used to try to draw my girlfriends.

I think one of the most romantic things that anybody can do is draw a portrait of the person you love.

When having my portrait painted I don't want justice, I want mercy.

A portrait is not a likeness. The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion. There is no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph. All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.

I had not seen Pride and Prejudice, till I read that sentence of yours, and then I got the book. And what did I find? An accurate daguerreotyped portrait of a common-place face; a carefully fenced, highly cultivated garden, with neat borders and delicate flowers; but no glance of a bright, vivid physiognomy, no open country, no fresh air, no blue hill, no bonny beck. I should hardly like to live with her ladies and gentlemen, in their elegant but confined houses.

A portrait is a painting with something wrong with the mouth.

It takes a long time for a man to look like his portrait.

It is not likely that posterity will fall in love with us, but not impossible that it may respect or sympathize; so a man would rather leave behind him the portrait of his spirit than a portrait of his face.

You know, if one paints someone's portrait, one should not know him if possible.

We know evolution happened because innumerable bits of data from myriad fields of science conjoin to paint a rich portrait of life's pilgrimage.

I found it an interesting portrait of a marriage in exploring notions of how one partner supports the other, whilst not jeopardizing the greater good - which is the family.

I would hardly call myself an artist in that sense;

I doodle, I draw, I'm not a trained artist, I couldn't sit down and do an accurate portrait of anyone.

At the unveiling at the White House of the presidential portrait, President Bush pointed out that Hillary Clinton was the first sitting Senator in history to have her portrait hanging in the White House.

The portrait of my parents is a complicated one, but lovingly drawn.

The landscape is like being there with a powerful personality and I'm searching for just the right angles to make that portrait come across as meaningfully as possible.

Is it possible that the portrait of the divine Son of God is an exaggeration, at best, or a complete fabrication, at worst, of the original Jesus?

Not only are Christians writing about Jesus, but also Communists, Jews, atheists and agnostics are taking up their pens to paint a portrait of Jesus.

I had no portrait, now, but am small, like the wren;

and my hair is bold, like the chestnut bur; and my eyes, like the sherry in the glass, that the guest leaves.

I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights that I am away from you.