por·​trait·​ist | \ ˈpȯr-trə-tist How to pronounce portraitist (audio) , -ˌtrā- \

Definition of portraitist

: a maker of portraits

Examples of portraitist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By the age of 35, Jacques Tissot was one of the most sought-after society portraitists in Paris. Tobias Grey, WSJ, "A Painter Between Countries," 12 Mar. 2020 It was painted by Francois Gérard (1770–1837), the preeminent Napoleonic and Restoration portraitist, after Charles’s coronation and given by the king to General Talleyrand, whose family owns it. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Art for Sale in Maastricht: Quality, Quality, Quality," 11 Mar. 2020 An 1858 view of Paris by the French portraitist and showman is usually credited as the first successful aerial photograph. Richard B. Woodward, WSJ, "‘The Elevated Eye: Aerial Photography Past and Present’ Review: The View From Above," 27 Jan. 2020 Dora Kallmus, better known as Madame d’Ora, was a talented portraitist who found theatrical spectacle in many of her subjects. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "‘Madame d’Ora’ Review: Approaching Photography as a Dramaturge," 7 Mar. 2020 In the nearby Moonshot Studio, middle schoolers were making zoetropes inspired by the children’s book author and pigeon portraitist Mo Willems. Michael Cooper, New York Times, "She’s Putting Her Mark on the Kennedy Center," 1 Nov. 2019 And then Haley found Alice Mizrachi, a visual artist, muralist, street artist, and portraitist in New York. Jennifer Nettles, Glamour, "Jennifer Nettles Doesn’t Just Want Equal Pay in Country Music—She Wants Equal Play," 9 Jan. 2020 Sofonisba, the more compelling and modern of the two, was a sensitive portraitist whose work is easy to recognize. Deborah Solomon, New York Times, "Old Mistresses Turn Tables on Old Masters," 16 Dec. 2019 The exhibition spotlights work by current residents and paintings from the MHS vaults by past residents, such as portraitist Charles Hopkinson. BostonGlobe.com, "Pop & Rock," 11 Oct. 2012

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First Known Use of portraitist

1857, in the meaning defined above

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21 May 2020

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“Portraitist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/portraitist. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of portraitist

: a person who paints or draws portraits

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