Artists Paint Artists’ Portraits
By Dorit Kedar
Artists paint artists’ portraits and the act depends on the active painter as well as on the passive artist being painted. The open relationship may be of friendship, companionship, love, comradery, or artistic affinity.
The hidden relationship depends on conscious and sub-conscious feelings, both of the painter’s and of his model.
The portrait is a result of a live session, a product of memory, or a documentation fully determined by the absolute will and intentions of the painter.
And everything relies on the common or separate time and space criteria governing the act of painting.
In any case, the work of art interweaves reminiscence, playfulness, pure formal motivations, a will to conquer the scene, inquiry, wonderment, self-realization, reflection of the creative self in the other creator, challenge, or an instantaneous decision.
A will to stress physiological features, idiosyncratic characteristics, or a frame of mind.
Often, the painter intends to capture the other. But occasionally the object of sight is solely a means to enhance a world-view, be it social, political, or artistic.
The work of art may become a cultural bridge, but so as to be fulfilled as such, it has to consider the chosen angle of the portrait, its entity, or partial representation emphasizing, or not, some of the features. The background possibly insinuates a realist view, symbols, fantasy…
Finally, the act of painting requires the choice of the media and format suitable in order to form a conduit between Painter and model.