Sunday, April 7, 2013
Queen Elizabeth II
People were outraged when they saw this portrait, comparing it to the look of a rugby player, a bearded man, and a stroke-inflicted dog. Some hypothesize that the common viewers did not like the portrait of the queen because they had a different perspective of her than the artist. Freud was able to see the queen face-to-face multiple times in different and more intimate situations than the common subject. Because of this he formed in his head a unique impression of her.
Others compare this portrait to a portrait of the artist themselves. Often when painting royalty, the artist projects his or her own image onto the sitter as a sort of alter-ego of themselves. The queen's hair color and shape of the eyes, lips, and chin all resemble that of the artist. In the artist's self-portrait, his hair has a form similar to the queen's crown.
(this last link has the information about the painting in the second slide, under "more information")