The portrait of an artist provides us with an opportunity to have a virtual meeting with the artist. If the portrait is painted by the artist himself or herself, meaning it is a self portrait, it generates a special type of curiosity in the viewers’ eyes. Once we look at a portrait of an artist, we feel thrilled knowing that we are before the stalwart painters like Leonardo da Vinci or Pablo Picasso. We can observe how they dressed and how they lived; and from that we can arrive at some conclusions regarding how they were different from the others living around them. We can have a guess about their life style and the bank balances, too. Here are some self portraits.
In this self portrait Vincent Van Gogh has put the focal point of the painting on his beard. Strangely enough, he had used red for the beard, creating the full-blown tension in the middle of the frame. There after the tones of the colours subdue for tense to somewhat released and finally the tension looks ending in the corners of the frame where the colours are in their palest hue.
This painting is titled as Artists in His Studio, showing Rembrandt himself standing at a distance from his painting. Starting from the bright colour area of the floor; our eyes moves from the frame of painting to the artist. The relative sizes of the painting and Rembrandt’s figure radiate one message like most of the paintings done by the master artists do. Here the message is that the art is always bigger than the artists. Rembrandt was known for making a compassionate leap of imagination in showing thoughtful privacy of the models. Here he himself was model.