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I was going to have cosmetic surgery until I noticed
that the doctor's office was full of portraits by Picasso.
- Rita Rudner

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I would wish my portraits to be of the people,
not like them.
Not having a look of the sitter, being them.
- Lucian Freud

My portraits are more about me than they are about the people I photograph.
- Richard Avedon

I do house things.
I paint.
I do portraits.
I also paint my house.
- Willa Ford

 

People don't have time to wait for somebody to paint their portraits anymore.
The money is in photography.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

When you do portraits professionally it's not a desire,
it's for money.
- Imogen Cunningham

I'm very envious of the few artists who are any good and still do portraits.
- Howard Hodgkin

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I have always loved reading, so was interested in the literary world,
and took many literary portraits.
- Fay Godwin

When I look at great works of art or listen to inspired music,
I sense intimate portraits of the specific times in which they were created.
- Billy Joel

I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone,
because I am the person I know best.
- Frida Kahlo

Painting self-portraits without clothes on has also given me some publicity.
- Cleo Moore

Oh, you ask me, what is the greatest torture of a person
who does portraits for a living? I could fill several
volumes with nice nasty stories.
I don't know.
- Imogen Cunningham

You don't change the course of history by turning the
faces of portraits to the wall.
- Jawaharlal Nehru

Franz Kline, who became known for his black and white paintings,
did a whole series of gorgeous landscapes and wonderful
portraits that may still hang in Greenwich Village.
- David Amram

The best portraits are those in which there is a slight mixture of caricature.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

I have always noticed that in portraits of really great
writers the mouth is always firmly closed.
- Gertrude Stein

I never can pass by the Metropolitan Museum of Art
in New York without thinking of it not as a gallery
of living portraits but as a cemetery of tax-deductible wealth.
- Lewis H. Lapham

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.
- Gustav Klimt

A person himself believes that all the other portraits
are good likenesses except the one of himself.
- Edvard Munch

If I was in love with someone, I would get their picture
out of the school yearbook and do portraits.
If I was curious about sex, I would draw pictures of it.
There were no books for me to look at.
Then I would go find my father's matches to burn the paper.
- Lynn Johnston

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

You that would judge me, do not judge alone this book or that,
come to this hallowed place where my friends' portraits hang and look thereon;
Ireland's history in their lineaments trace;
think where man's glory most begins and ends and say
my glory was I had such friends.
- William Butler Yeats

I often concentrate on the eyes and lips,
they are great indicators of mood and feeling,
and I find that I can project character into my portraits
by bringing the viewer's attention to these areas.
- Robert Ryan

I wanted to translate from one flat surface to another.
In fact, my learning disabilities controlled a lot of things.
I don't recognize faces, so I'm sure it's what drove
me to portraits in the first place.
- Chuck Close

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.
- John Clayton

Your library is your portrait.
- Holbrook Jackson

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.
- Rene Auberjonois

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?
- John Clayton

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.
- Nick Carter

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

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.
- Max Beerbohm

In a portrait, you have room to have a point of view.
The image may not be literally what's going on,
but it's representative.
- Annie Leibovitz

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

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

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

A man's manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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.
- Berenice Abbott

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

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.
- Philippe Halsman

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

It is done...
the precious portrait placed in the hands of the gentlemen for safe keeping.
- Dolley Madison

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

The length of exposure (one minute in sunlight) is
still too long for the portrait.
It was fifteen minutes when I first began my work.
Progress may continue.
- Gabriel Lippmann

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

The progression of roles you take strings together a portrait of an actor,
but it's a completely random process.
- Meryl Streep

Traffic is about drugs.
As detailed a portrait as I can muster about what is
happening in the drug world,
from top to bottom, from policy to how things move on the street.
- Steven Soderbergh

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

Even though I love my mother, I didn't want to make
an idealized portrait of her.
I'm fascinated more by her defects -
they are funnier than her other qualities.
- Pedro Almodovar

When I paint a person, his enemies always find the
portrait a good likeness.
- Edvard Munch

A portrait is a painting with something wrong with the mouth.
- John Singer Sargent

To sit for one's portrait is like being present at one's own creation.
- Alexander Smith

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

I wanted to become a cartoon artist,
a portrait artist,
and an illustrator.
This was my first idea.
- Karl Lagerfeld

The moment seemed right to me for a full and,
if possible, authoritative portrait of the life and
character of the Prince of Wales.
- Jonathan Dimbleby

There is no self-portrait of me.
- Gustav Klimt

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

The reason that I'm an actor, or an artist,
is ultimately because I'm trying to paint a self-portrait,
and the most complete and beautiful self-portrait that you can.
- Terrence Howard

Every time I paint a portrait I lose a friend.
- John Singer Sargent

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.
- Galen Rowell

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

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.
- Dore Schary

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.
- Rachel Griffiths

The countenance is the portrait of the soul,
and the eyes mark its intentions.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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.
- Henri Cartier-Bresson

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.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

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.
- Eleanor Clift

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.
- Pablo Picasso

So, did I work with Warhol? I worked with him less
on that play then I did on other things.
He actually did a portrait of my rabbit and some other stuff.
Warhol was definitely...
Warhol.
- Harvey Fierstein

There's a discipline.
When you take someone's portrait, you don't have to take 50 photographs,
just find that one so that when you release the shutter,
that's the image that you took.
- Matthew Modine

And then I went round the corner and there's a Van Gogh portrait,
and you just think, well, this is another level.
A higher level, actually.
I love the Sargent, but it's not the level of Van Gogh.
- David Hockney

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.
- Pamela Hansford Johnson


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