FIRST PORTRAIT PAINTER NOTED BY ME IN CHILDHOOD.
I know that it is more fun to make art than to read about the art that was, but a budding portraiturist, I'm reviewing portraits that have stuck in my mind throughout the years this weekend.
Lautrec's draftsmanship was astonishing--more so than Degas' to this twelve year old girl. His choice of colors were curious and were as fascinating as the figures he chose to paint. His compositions were exceptional; no one area could be extracted or the whole thing would fall apart. I have no doubt that Lautrec taught me how to plan space. Of the Impressionists, this was the guy who really left an impression on me with his skills, the drama and romance of his life's story, his skill as a printmaker (silk screen artist) He made money with his art even though he didn't have to. He was my first art hero. I wanted to be him--except not male and not short.
Addendum: I just had to add this painting. It's so what everybody thinks Lautrec was about--the stage, the cafe life. But look at the color, squint your eyes and look at the composition--the motion--the sweep of pink, the play of dark and light. Phenomenal artist.