quote by Georg Baselitz

I paint German artists whom I admire. I paint their pictures, their work as painters, and their portraits too. But oddly enough, each of these portraits ends up as a picture of a woman with blonde hair. I myself have never been able to work out why this happens.

— Georg Baselitz

Most Powerful Portrait Painter quotations

I have never painted a self-portrait.

I am less interested in myself as a subject for a painting than I am in other people, above all women... There is nothing special about me. I am a painter who paints day after day from morning to night... Who ever wants to know something about me... ought to look carefully at my pictures.

Portrait painter quote A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silen
A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.

What is a portrait good for, unless it shows just how the subject was seen by the painter? In the old days before photography came in a sitter had a perfect right to say to the artist: "Paint me just as I am." Now if he wishes absolute fidelity he can go to the photographer and get it.

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

And painted portraits have a life of their own that comes from deep in the soul of the painter and where the machine can't go.

What a business is this of a portrait painter! You bring him a potato and expect he will paint you a peach.

Paint records the most delicate gesture and the most tense.

It tells whether the painter sat or stood or crouched in front of the canvas. Paint is a cast made of the painter's movements, a portrait of the painter's body and thoughts.

every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. The sitter is merely the accident, the occasion. It is not he who is revealed by the painter; it is rather the painter who, on the coloured canvas, reveals himself.

Any magazine-cover hack can splash paint around wildly and call it a nightmare, or a witches sabbath or a portrait of the devil; but only a great painter can make such a thing really scare or ring true. That's because only a real artist knows the anatomy of the terrible, or the physiology of fear.

And there's a score of duchesses, surpassing womankind, Or who have found a painter to make them so for pay And smooth out stain and blemish with the elegance of his mind: I knew a phoenix in my youth, so let them have their day.

I'm an odd portrait painter in that I'm not just interested in human faces.

I consider almost all of my paintings to be portraits.

The danger, I find, is that you can become too formulaic, like some commissioned portrait painters who develop a methodology.

The portrait painter... If he insults his sitters his occupation is gone. Whether he paints the should instead of the features, or the latter with all its natural blemishes, he is as presumptuous as if he shouted, 'What a face. Hide it.' which would never do, although it is analogous to what landscape painters are doing every day.

Right now, scientists are in exactly the same position as Renaissance painters, commissioned to make the portrait the patron wants done, And if they are smart, they'll make sure their work subtly flatters the patron. Not overtly. Subtly.

The painter who is so enamoured by the beauties of the parts of a landscape, that he strives to represent all, cannot succeed. His picture will be an arrangement of a series of portraits of things without unity... There must be variety and contrast, but in measured doses.

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.

There is nothing that special to see when looking at me.

I'm a painter who paints day in day out, from morning till evening - figure pictures and landscapes, more rarely portraits.

Someone asked me when it was that I felt confident enough in my writing that I could rely on it as a career. The truth is, I never have. I'm always on the hunt for second, third, or fourth careers. Private detective and cinematographer were previous career choices, but now that I'm older I think I'd be a good portrait painter, rug merchant, or florist.

My real father was a portrait painter. I went to a lot of auctions as a kid and galleries.

I'm related to the portrait painter George Romney.

You have no idea what portrait painters suffer from the vanity of their sitters.

I used to paint and I used to draw, and I probably would have loved to have been a portrait painter if I'd been good enough, but I really wasn't good enough.

[Alexander] Hamilton estimated portrait painters as thieves of time.

The painter paints his brushes black, Through the canvas runs a crack, Portrait of the pain never answers back...

The painter's portrait and the physicist's explanation are both rooted in reality, but they have been changed by the painter or the physicist into something more subtly imagined than the photographic appearance of things.

Portrait painters' mission is to portray people and the beauty of Creation.

They should stay clear of ego.

Listen: if I am a painter and I do your portrait, have I or haven't I the right to paint you as I want?

Sometimes small incidents, rather than glorious exploits, give us the best evidence of character. So, as portrait painters are more exact in doing the face, where the character is revealed, than the rest of the body, I must be allowed to give my more particular attention to the marks of the souls of men.

All my life I’ve pursued the perfect red.

I can never get painters to mix it for me. It’s exactly as if I’d said, ‘I want rococo with a spot of Gothic in it and a bit of Buddhist temple’—they have no idea what I’m talking about. About the best red is to copy the color of a child’s cap in any Renaissance portrait.