Art - Comparison of Phung's and Shumate's Self Portraits



There is some depth to the portrait, as you can see the figure is standing a little way away from the wall. The wall hasn't got much detail and that makes it appear further away.

The elements of the portrait are arranged in a roughly pyramidal structure, with the head forming the topmost focal point and the details fanning out downwards. It is a closed painting, because all the details are surrounded by blank space as a kind of border.

In Shumate's portrait the subject is eyeing the viewer deviously, and it's one of those pictures where the sitter looks right at you no matter where in the room you look at it from. His hand is pointing at the viewer in a "cool dudeaE kind of gesture. His shadow falls onto a solid grey shape in the background, but this shape doesn't seem to represent anything real, it is just a backing colour. This portrait also has depth, the warm detailed areas are at the front of the portrait, and there is no detail and hardly any colour in the background, creating a feeling of space.

This portrait part of the painting is also roughly pyramidal, with the head forming the uppermost focal point just like Phung's po


 
 
 
 
 
 
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