Portrait Art Quotes
"I presume, sir, in painting your beautiful portrait, you took your idea of me from my principles, and not from my person."
- Abraham Lincoln
"A competent portraitist knows how to imply the profile in the full face."
- Aldous Huxley
"I wanted to become a cartoon artist, a portrait artist, and an illustrator. This was my first idea."
- Karl Lagerfeld
"Everything is autobiographical and everything is a portrait."
- Lucian Freud
"Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter."
- Oscar Wilde
"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
"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
"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
"I do not paint a portrait to look like the subject, rather does the subject grow to look like his portrait."
- Salvador Dali
"Ah! Portraiture, portraiture with the thought, the soul of the model in it, that is what I think must come."
- Vincent van Gogh