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

Definition of portraitist

: a maker of portraits

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In a digital age when anyone with a phone camera can become a self-portraitist with a tap of a finger, perhaps the most provocative statement an artist can make is to turn their attention to a figurative medium dating back to ancient times. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "These New Cameos From Cindy Sherman, Catherine Opie Are Worth the Flight to Venice," 8 May 2019 The dinner was held at Oswald’s, Robin Birley’s sublimely elegant new club (named for his grandfather, the famed portraitist, whose self-portrait hangs above the Louis Quinze welcome desk). Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Gareth Pugh Brings Back Vogueing in Grand Style," 16 Sep. 2018 Lotto was christened the first modern portraitist in the 1890s by the American art historian Bernard Berenson, who compared Lotto’s expressive merchants and artisans with Titian’s more heroic emperors and popes. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "A Modern Portraitist, Ahead of His Time," 6 July 2018 The couple settled in Boston, where Lee became a portraitist and William a landscape painter. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "'Two Lives, One Passion' At Springfield Museums," 7 July 2018 Tripoli Patterson, of the Southampton gallery, said he was drawn to exhibit this year based in part on his friendship with Mr. Fishko and in part to promote the work of his younger brother, the rapper and emoji portraitist Yung Jake. Warren Strugatch, New York Times, "A Hamptons Art Fair Expands Its Footprint," 7 June 2018 The early American portraitist is perhaps most well-known for his unfinished portrait of George Washington. Lauren Daley, BostonGlobe.com, "Wickford Village worth seeking out," 15 May 2018 Madame Gautreau was humiliated, and the portraitist, the American painter John Singer Sargent, fled to England. Cath Pound, New York Times, "When the Old Masters Were the P.R. Agents of the Rich and Powerful," 14 Mar. 2018 But most portraitists active today, especially those navigating the world of commissions, are looking for their own version of beauty. Elizabeth Holmes, Town & Country, "Does the Painted Portrait Stand a Chance In the Age of Social Media?," 19 Jan. 2018

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1857, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of portraitist

: a person who paints or draws portraits

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