draw from the collection

Portraiture

Portrait is defined in the Oxford English Dictionary as, “a painting, drawing, photograph, or engraving of a person, especially one depicting only the face or head and shoulders.” From group portraits to self-portraits, this artform can be evaluated through many lenses: significance, realism, representation, and convention are just a few. Modern and contemporary portraiture make no exception to capturing expression, personality, and presence. In this lesson, you'll learn to create a portrait drawing based on Alice Neel's John (1979).

Alice Neel (American, 1900-1984)
John, from the American Portfolio, 1979
lithograph, edition 12/150
Gift of Mr. John Onodi
1981.66.4

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