por·​trait·​ist ˈpȯr-trə-tist How to pronounce portraitist (audio)
: a maker of portraits

Examples of portraitist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For urban folklorists and analysts (such as Spike Lee, Martin Scorsese, and Raoul Walsh) and for autobiographical portraitists and historians of style (such as Terence Davies and Sofia Coppola), the lives of others are naturally linked to first-person observations and modes of expression. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 19 Mar. 2024 The lobby of the U.S. headquarters of UBS, in Manhattan, is adorned this spring with dozens of original paintings by Lucian Freud, the English portraitist. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, 29 Mar. 2024 Of course, portraitists long before and after Sargent have exercised artistic license when portraying their sitters’ attire, for both aesthetic and symbolic purposes. Stephanie Sporn, Vogue, 11 Oct. 2023 Barkley Hendricks, a portraitist and underground virtuoso, solidifies his place in the canon with a solo show at the Frick — its first ever for a Black artist. Roberta Smith, New York Times, 17 Oct. 2023 Dosunmu has created a catalogue of presentation that is, sometimes, stylized and posed, like the Malian studio portraitist Malick Sidibé, whom Dosunmu once shadowed. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, 12 Dec. 2023 This is the work that established Sargent as England’s premier portraitist. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 20 Nov. 2023 While Venetian Rococo painter Rosalba Carriera and French portraitist Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun are well known today, the vast majority of the 200 works’ makers are far from household names, presenting an exciting opportunity for discovery. Stephanie Sporn, Vogue, 18 Aug. 2023 Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston This October in Boston, two exhibitions shine a light on the American expatriate artist John Singer Sargent, whose dazzling paintings have rendered him one of the greatest society portraitists of all time. Stephanie Sporn, Vogue, 11 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of portraitist was in 1857

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“Portraitist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/portraitist. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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