r/therewasanattempt May 15 '24

to act happy about your Royal portrait.

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u/HarEmiya May 15 '24

Oh yes, I don't think the artist is bad, just very stylish.

And for a royal portrait, artistic and stylish is a no-no, because the portraits are meant to remain on display for generations to come. Artistic sense and styles change rapidly, so what is "trendy" or "artsy" now will likely not be in 10 years, let alone in 100 or 1000 years. That's why such portraits tend to be realistic depictions.


u/mikenasty May 15 '24

I agree for the most part. One exception I’ve seen is the Obama portraits by Kehinde Wiley. They are unique and stylistic, but without bathing him in blood lol


u/Anen-o-me May 15 '24

They knew who they hired.


u/ybotics May 15 '24

I seem to recall the queens last portrait was pretty out there stylistically


u/Beepulons May 15 '24

No, I think there's a lot of value in preserving something that is trendy and stylistic now, so that in a hundred years or more, people will be able to use that art to look back and see what our culture's values were.

For example, the point of this portrait is to minimise the royal regalia and put focus on Charles' human aspects, showing that he's just another person. That's a valuable thing for people generations down the line to understand about us.