A portrait should not only be a good likeness, but it should capture the inner essence of the subject. Aristotle stated, “The aim of Art is to present not the outward appearance of things, but their inner significance; for this, not the external manner and detail, constitutes true reality.” All portrait artists strive to achieve a representative portrayal of a person, whether they depict them in photographic realism or a more impressionistic style. Jean desires to convey the inner beauty of her subjects, catching a glimpse into their unique character and soul. Edward Burne-Jones is quoted as saying, “The only expression allowable in great portraiture is the expression of character and moral quality, not anything temporary, fleeting, or accidental.” A successful portrait will speak to the viewer and become something that families and loved ones will cherish.
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