Contemporary Figurative Paintings Evoke Strong Emotion - My Modern Metropolis

Powerful Contemporary Oil Portraits by Mark Demsteader

portraits by artist Mark Demsteader. The Manchester-based contemporary figurative artist is a self-taught master of the human form. His oil on canvas pieces feature pale figures set against a dark background.

Portrait of Violet Trefusis (1919)   by John Lavery (Scottish, 1856-1941)

Portrait of Violet Trefusis by John Lavery (Scottish, Best known for her affair with Vita Sackville-West, an English author, poet and gardener. Virginia Woolfe wrote about her in Orlando.

Arnold Böcklin, Self-Portrait, with death playing the violin.  Arnold Böcklin (16 October 1827 – 16 January 1901) was a Swiss symbolist painter.Influenced by Romanticism his painting is symbolist with mythological subjects often overlapping with the Pre-Raphaelites..... His pictures portray mythological, fantastical figures along classical architecture constructions (often revealing an obsession with death) creating a strange, fantasy world. [Wikipedia}

With Death as a Fiddler Artist: Arnold Böcklin Completion Date: 1872 Style: Symbolism Genre: self-portrait Technique: oil Material: canvas Dimensions: 75 x 61 cm Gallery: Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany

Portrait de Rosina 1878 - John Singer Sargent

Rosina, 1878 by Sargent

Self-portrait 1923 by Mabel Alvarez (1891-1985) Her style is considered a contributing factor to the Southern California Modernism and California Impressionism movement. Oil on canvas, 23 3/8 x 19 1/2 inches

Self-Portrait Mabel Alvarez (American, Oil on canvas. The enigmatic Self-Portrait was a work of sober self-reflection and coloristic maturity. Alvarez’s image of herself is defined by broad areas of flat.

Faye Hsu - Self-Portrait  http://pmikos.tumblr.com/post/35890697121/adanvc-self-portrait-by-faye-hsu

Self Portrait, Faye Hsu I love the ethereal nature of this painting with only using Earthly colors. The sharpness of the eyes as it becomes less focused outwards is fantastic. I want this on a necklace.

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