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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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ATTR FRIDA KAHLO Signed Self Portrait Lithograph
Jul 20, 10:00 AM EDT
ATTR FRIDA KAHLO Signed Self Portrait Lithograph
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $200- $800
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Signed Framed 1976 Ben Hampton Print "Nancy Ward Cherokee Nation"
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Signed Framed 1976 Ben Hampton Print "Nancy Ward Cherokee Nation"
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Est: $0- $0
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Jul 20, 10:00 AM EDT
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Est: $200- $800
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AFTER HENRI MATISSE "PORTRAIT BLEU, VERT ET JAUNE" LITHOGRAPH
Jul 24, 9:00 AM MST
AFTER HENRI MATISSE "PORTRAIT BLEU, VERT ET JAUNE" LITHOGRAPH
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Est: $0- $0
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ATTR KEITH HARING Signed Original Lithograph
Jul 20, 10:00 AM EDT
ATTR KEITH HARING Signed Original Lithograph
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Est: $200- $800
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LEONARDO da VINCI (after) 'Mona Lisa' Triptych Skateboard Deck Set
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Andy Warhol Lithograph Signed In Plate
Jul 09, 10:00 AM MST
Andy Warhol Lithograph Signed In Plate
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
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Framed and Signed Ben Hampton Print Titled "Hiskyteehee"
Jul 10, 6:00 PM EDT
Framed and Signed Ben Hampton Print Titled "Hiskyteehee"
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Est: $0- $0
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SARA POPE 'Icon' Framed Print on Plexiglass
Jul 07, 12:00 PM PDT
SARA POPE 'Icon' Framed Print on Plexiglass
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Est: $750- $850
$2002 Bids
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STEVE HANKS "NATURES TOUCH" SIGNED LIMITED EDITION PRINT
Jul 24, 9:00 AM MST
STEVE HANKS "NATURES TOUCH" SIGNED LIMITED EDITION PRINT
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$52 Bids
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STEVE HANKS "BEDROOM LIGHT" PRINT
Jul 24, 9:00 AM MST
STEVE HANKS "BEDROOM LIGHT" PRINT
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Est: $0- $0
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REMBRANDT VAN RIJN "THREE STUDIES OF OLD MEN'S HEADS" ETCHING
Jul 24, 9:00 AM MST
REMBRANDT VAN RIJN "THREE STUDIES OF OLD MEN'S HEADS" ETCHING
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Est: $0- $0
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Head of Balinese Girl
Jul 10, 5:00 PM SGT
Head of Balinese Girl
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Est: $2,200- $3,200
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Framed Ben Hampton Print of Native American
Jul 10, 6:00 PM EDT
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Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids
Rembrandt, Jan Lutma, Goldsmith, Etching, 1656
Jul 09, 9:00 AM EDT
Rembrandt, Jan Lutma, Goldsmith, Etching, 1656
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $4,000- $4,400
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DR. ROBERT JOHN THORNTON (British, 1768-1837)
Jul 09, 12:00 PM EDT
DR. ROBERT JOHN THORNTON (British, 1768-1837)
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Est: $200- $400
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Jul 10, 6:00 PM EDT
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Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Rare George Washington Etched Portrait
Jul 16, 2:00 PM EDT
Rare George Washington Etched Portrait
by Addison & Sarova Auctioneers
Est: $70- $700
$701 Bid
ANDY WARHOL, "MYTHS" INVITATION SET 1981 HAND-SIGNED
Jul 17, 12:00 PM EDT
ANDY WARHOL, "MYTHS" INVITATION SET 1981 HAND-SIGNED
by Luxury Fine Arts
Est: $8,000- $12,000
$4,0001 Bid
Pablo Picasso. Signed Original Lithograph Coa
Jul 10, 9:00 PM CEST
Pablo Picasso. Signed Original Lithograph Coa
by Novartia
Est: €700- €800
€2501 Bid
Attr. Foujita Signed Original Lithograph
Jul 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Attr. Foujita Signed Original Lithograph
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $200- $800
$11 Bid
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(4) Gregory Perillo Lithographs Native Americans
Aug 07, 12:00 PM EDT
(4) Gregory Perillo Lithographs Native Americans
by Neely Auction
Est: $100- $200
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