Aubrey Beardsley Quote

What is a portrait good for, unless it shows just how the subject was seen by the painter? In the old days before photography came in a sitter had a perfect right to say to the artist: "Paint me just as I am." Now if he wishes absolute fidelity he can go to the photographer and get it.


As quoted in Aubrey Beardsley : A Biography (1999) by Matthew Sturgis, p. 189

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What is a portrait good for, unless it shows just how the subject was seen by the painter? In the old days before photography came in a sitter had a...

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What is a portrait good for, unless it shows just how the subject was seen by the painter? In the old days before photography came in a sitter had a...

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What is a portrait good for, unless it shows just how the subject was seen by the painter? In the old days before photography came in a sitter had a...

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What is a portrait good for, unless it shows just how the subject was seen by the painter? In the old days before photography came in a sitter had a...