I've always liked to paint portrait-style "people" and groups "ourselves"; these are not by commission (with only one exception, and I decided no more...).
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Vermeer (see below, right) and a few other Dutch painters began to popularize the idea of paintings "ordinary people" as art works themselves, instead of commissioned portraits for wealthy nobility, merchants, and so forth. This idea was strongly taken up later by the impressionists and post-impressionists.
La Gioconto - " The sitter, Lisa del Giocondo was a member of the Gherardini family of Florence and Tuscany, and the wife of wealthy Florentine silk merchant Francesco del Giocondo. The painting is thought to have been commissioned for their new home, and to celebrate the birth of their second son, Andrea..."; "The ambiguity of the subject's expression, which is frequently described as enigmatic..."
The last quoted comment is widely repeated. I myself, having painted a fair number of portraits, don 't find anything "enigmatic" at all, she's simply in a self-contained mood, feeling right about maybe herself, her life, and being painted.
My current sites and links...
... Fine Art Paintings
... Traditional-Modern Fine Art
... Fine Art Nudes
- Fine Art Female Nudes
- Fine Art Nude Paintings...
... Home Decor
... Online Fine Art
... fine art nude
... FINE ART NUDE Paintings
... Fine arts paintings Org
... Classic Online Art Nudes and Goddesses
... with circles "artists art", "traditional modern art";
you can also find me by searching on google+, g linsenmayer Or, online, search "g linsenmayer"...
This is an original digital print, a portrait of a young woman, Gulf Coast Florida
Girl with a Pearl Earring - "considered a Vermeer masterpiece"