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Portrait Prints

The portrait has an important place in Western art traditions, particularly as a part of academic training for European artists, and second only to history subject matter in the hierarchy of genres. From Mannerism to Baroque to Modern, artists created portrait prints to follow the style of the times.

Rembrandt van Rijn is one of the most famous printmakers to have focused on portraiture. He began making etchings in his early career, and his self portrait studies of various facial expressions informed his larger painting practice in the mid-1600s.

Jumping hundreds of years of art history, portraiture remained an important exploration for artists such as Andy Warhol and Lucien Freud. The use of the screen print modality to mass reproduce iconic images was a reflection of the global nature of images in popular culture, allowing Warhol to comment on the obsessive nature of society.

Though very different stylistically, Lucien Freud favored printmaking as a method to create and reproduce portraits that scrutinize and study the expressive nature of the human face.


Quick Facts

  • The 18th- and 19th-century science known as physiognomy, or the idea that facial features are related to personality or character traits, prompted interest in portraiture
  • Frida Kahlo began her artistic training with printmaking. Kahlo's portraits serve as inspiration for many artists interested in exploring the self through self-portraiture
  • Pablo Picasso was a prolific printmaker in etching, drypoints, lithographs, and linoleum relief prints. He applied the principles of collage and cubism to his printmaking and portraiture

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Salvador Dali 1904-1989 Rembrandt Etching Portrait
Sep 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Salvador Dali 1904-1989 Rembrandt Etching Portrait
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$2258 Bids
Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987) Teddy Roosevelt(from Cowboys and Indians), 1986
Sep 29, 10:00 AM CDT
Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987) Teddy Roosevelt(from Cowboys and Indians), 1986
by Hindman
Est: $20,000- $40,000
$19,0008 Bids
Steve McCurry (American, b.1950)
Oct 04, 10:00 AM BST
Steve McCurry (American, b.1950)
by Sworders
Est: £1,000- £1,500
£1,5006 Bids
Chuck Close (American, 1940-2021) Self Portrait, 1992
Sep 29, 10:00 AM CDT
Chuck Close (American, 1940-2021) Self Portrait, 1992
by Hindman
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$1,4006 Bids
Andy Warhol Lithograph Signed In Plate
Oct 01, 10:00 AM MST
Andy Warhol Lithograph Signed In Plate
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$805 Bids
Signed Rare Andy Warhol, Willy Brandt 27 x 27
Oct 02, 1:00 PM EDT
Signed Rare Andy Warhol, Willy Brandt 27 x 27
by Four Seasons Auction Gallery
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$2254 Bids
R. C. Gorman "Sora" Signed Limited Edition Lithograph
Oct 01, 10:00 AM MST
R. C. Gorman "Sora" Signed Limited Edition Lithograph
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$754 Bids
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Marquis de Lafayette Framed Portrait as Head of Parisian National Guard
Sep 28, 10:30 AM EDT
Marquis de Lafayette Framed Portrait as Head of Parisian National Guard
by University Archives
Est: $200- $300
$1003 Bids
Antique, unknown engraver, engraving of Napoleon, well framed, approx 90cm H x 75cm W
Sep 27, 11:00 AM AEST
Antique, unknown engraver, engraving of Napoleon, well framed, approx 90cm H x 75cm W
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD160- AUD220
AUD1202 Bids
Andy Warhol "Mao" Hand Signed! COA
Oct 02, 1:00 PM EDT
Andy Warhol "Mao" Hand Signed! COA
by Four Seasons Auction Gallery
Est: $1,200- $1,600
$1002 Bids
Andy Warhol QUEEN ELIZABETH II OF THE UNITED KINGDOM litogra
Oct 06, 4:00 PM CEST
Andy Warhol QUEEN ELIZABETH II OF THE UNITED KINGDOM litogra
by Itineris
Est: €150- €250
€202 Bids
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Fine Art Print, Scared Heart of Mary
Sep 27, 9:00 AM EDT
Fine Art Print, Scared Heart of Mary
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $50- $100
$402 Bids
Kathe Kollwitz Etching, Frauenkopf
Oct 08, 9:00 AM EDT
Kathe Kollwitz Etching, Frauenkopf
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $200- $250
$1752 Bids
GEORGES ROUALT Daughter of Joy Aquatint
Oct 19, 10:00 AM EDT
GEORGES ROUALT Daughter of Joy Aquatint
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $100
$11 Bid
FRIDA KAHLO, Lithograph signed by hand
Oct 02, 10:15 PM CEST
FRIDA KAHLO, Lithograph signed by hand
by Novartia
Est: €1,500- €2,000
€2501 Bid
Great original 1861 colored engraving Exploring Expedition
Oct 02, 10:00 AM CDT
Great original 1861 colored engraving Exploring Expedition
by Thriftiques of Iowa
Est: $10- $1,000
$101 Bid
R. Goings One Eleven Diner Lithograph AP, Photorealism
Oct 01, 12:00 PM EDT
R. Goings One Eleven Diner Lithograph AP, Photorealism
by Public Sale Auction House
Est: $200- $400
$501 Bid
JOHN WILSON (1922 - 2015) Mother and Child.
Oct 06, 12:00 PM EDT
JOHN WILSON (1922 - 2015) Mother and Child.
by Swann Auction Galleries
Est: $5,000- $7,000
$3,6001 Bid
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Charles M. Russell's "Self Portrait" Ltd Ed. Print
Oct 22, 9:00 AM MDT
Charles M. Russell's "Self Portrait" Ltd Ed. Print
by North American Auction Company
Est: $150- $300
$701 Bid
Lithography in color by R. C. Gorman, with COA
Oct 05, 2:00 PM PDT
Lithography in color by R. C. Gorman, with COA
by International Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $500
$1001 Bid

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