Art Genres List of Famous Portrait Paintings

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List of the most famous portrait paintings in the world, listed alphabetically with pictures of the art when available. The popular portrait paintings on this list are considered to be some of the most recognizable works of art on the planet, so save yourself a trip to the museum and check out this artwork from the comfort of your own home. portrait is an extremely important genre in the art world, so it's no surprise that some of the most recognizable fall under the portrait genre. You can find additional information about these well-known paintings by clicking on the names of the pieces.

Everything from Mona Lisa to Whistler's Mother is featured on this list, so cast your votes below.

This list answers the questions, "What are examples of portrait paintings?" and "What are the most famous portrait paintings?"
9th Duke of Marlborough and h... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Portrait Paintings
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Artist: John Singer Sargent

Subject: Consuelo Vanderbilt, John Spencer-Churchill, 10th Duke of Marlborough, Charles Spencer-Churchill, 9th Duke of Marlborough, + more

Genres (Art): Portrait

Art Form: Painting

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A Group of Artists is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Portrait Paintings
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"A Group of Artists" (1926-1927) is a painting by German Expressionist artist Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. ...more on Wikipedia

Artist: Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Subject: Otto Mueller, Erich Heckel, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Genres (Art): Portrait

Art Form: Painting

Period / Movement: German Expressionism

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A Housepainter (Self-Portrait) is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Portrait Paintings
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A Housepainter (Self-Portrait)

"A Housepainter (Self-Portrait)" (1909) is a painting by Romanian artist Ştefan Luchian. ...more on Wikipedia

Artist: Ştefan Luchian

Subject: Ştefan Luchian

Genres (Art): Portrait

Art Form: Painting

A Madwoman and Compulsive Gamb... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Portrait Paintings
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"A Madwoman and Compulsive Gambler" (1822) is a painting by French artist Théodore Géricault. It is part of a series of ten portraits created by Géricault for the psychiatrist Étienne-Jean Georget. ...more on Wikipedia

Artist: Théodore Géricault

Genres (Art): Portrait

Art Form: Painting

Period / Movement: Romanticism

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