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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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Maria Lassnig "Double Self Portrait" Screenprint
Apr 21, 12:00 PM EDT
Maria Lassnig "Double Self Portrait" Screenprint
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$6006 Bids
Jenny MONTIGNY (1875-1937), etching Emile Claus, monogrammed and dated 1923
Apr 20, 11:00 AM CEST
Jenny MONTIGNY (1875-1937), etching Emile Claus, monogrammed and dated 1923
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Karl Bodmer - Abdih Hiddisch, A Minitarre Chief. 24
Apr 20, 10:00 AM CDT
Karl Bodmer - Abdih Hiddisch, A Minitarre Chief. 24
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MIHAIL CHEMIAKIN RUSSIAN ARTIST PROOF LITHOGRAPH
Apr 20, 10:00 AM EDT
MIHAIL CHEMIAKIN RUSSIAN ARTIST PROOF LITHOGRAPH
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(2) TWO HAND-COLORED LITHOGRAPHS OF GEORGE AND MARTHA WASHINGTON.OH028
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(2) TWO HAND-COLORED LITHOGRAPHS OF GEORGE AND MARTHA WASHINGTON.OH028
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Antique framed print of General Washington
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Antique framed print of General Washington
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Est: $100- $200
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Hand Colored Photographic Print, "Chief Joseph", H 2.625" W 1.25"
Apr 19, 11:00 AM EDT
Hand Colored Photographic Print, "Chief Joseph", H 2.625" W 1.25"
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Frida Kahlo And Diego Rivera Photographic Print
Apr 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Frida Kahlo And Diego Rivera Photographic Print
by RB Fine Arts
Est: $100- $200
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ANTIQUE COLOR LITHOGRAPHS OF AMERICAN PRESIDENTS
Apr 20, 10:00 AM EDT
ANTIQUE COLOR LITHOGRAPHS OF AMERICAN PRESIDENTS
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
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DAVID HOCKNEY (1937 - ) - Portrait of an artist Digital Print frame size 66 x 87cm
Apr 21, 8:00 PM AEST
DAVID HOCKNEY (1937 - ) - Portrait of an artist Digital Print frame size 66 x 87cm
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Est: AUD600- AUD800
AUD202 Bids
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Philip Hermogenes Calderon Sibyl etching signed
Apr 14, 10:00 AM EDT
Philip Hermogenes Calderon Sibyl etching signed
by KCM Galleries
Est: $400- $600
$1202 Bids
Thomas Hart Benton "Self Portrait" Lithograph
May 05, 12:00 PM EDT
Thomas Hart Benton "Self Portrait" Lithograph
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Est: $3,000- $5,000
$5001 Bid
Andy Warhol lithograph 50 x 50 cm limited, wet embossed stamp, signed
Apr 21, 10:15 PM CEST
Andy Warhol lithograph 50 x 50 cm limited, wet embossed stamp, signed
by Novartia
Est: €650- €800
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Michel Wolgemut (1434-1519) - Saint Peter as Pope - 1493
Apr 18, 7:00 PM CEST
Michel Wolgemut (1434-1519) - Saint Peter as Pope - 1493
by Old Master Print
Est: €200- €300
€1601 Bid
Julian Opie (b.1958) Beach Head 9
Apr 24, 1:00 PM BST
Julian Opie (b.1958) Beach Head 9
by Forum Auctions - UK
Est: £200- £300
£1501 Bid
Francisco Zuniga 1912-1998 SIGNED Mujeres LE Litho
Apr 24, 12:00 PM EDT
Francisco Zuniga 1912-1998 SIGNED Mujeres LE Litho
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $600
$1501 Bid
MODERN FRENCH PORTRAIT LITHOGRAPH BY MOISE KISLING
Apr 21, 10:00 AM EDT
MODERN FRENCH PORTRAIT LITHOGRAPH BY MOISE KISLING
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
Andy WARHOL (1928-1987), d'après. Portfolio de 10 cartes sérigraphiées de la Série Myths.
Apr 27, 2:00 PM CEST
Andy WARHOL (1928-1987), d'après. Portfolio de 10 cartes sérigraphiées de la Série Myths.
by Louiza Auktion & Associés
Est: €800- €1,200
€8001 Bid
Andy WARHOL (1928-1987), d'après. Liz Taylor,1964.
Apr 27, 2:00 PM CEST
Andy WARHOL (1928-1987), d'après. Liz Taylor,1964.
by Louiza Auktion & Associés
Est: €100- €150
€1001 Bid
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Jan van Ravensteyn, Willem J. Delff - Portrait of Rombaut Hoogebeets - 1619
Apr 18, 7:00 PM CEST
Jan van Ravensteyn, Willem J. Delff - Portrait of Rombaut Hoogebeets - 1619
by Old Master Print
Est: €160- €220
€1201 Bid
Francesco Clemente (b. 1952), "Traditional Self Portrait" from "Art Pro Choice II Portfolio," 1991
Apr 16, 10:00 AM PDT
Francesco Clemente (b. 1952), "Traditional Self Portrait" from "Art Pro Choice II Portfolio," 1991
by John Moran Auctioneers
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid

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