Celebrate Individuality with Portrait Pictures at LUMAS
Since man first daubed red and yellow ochre on the walls of Palaeolithic caves, portraiture has been an integral part of our understanding of the human form. Intended to capture the personality, mood, and essence of a particular character or individual, fine art portraits are among the most celebrated and enduring images civilization has produced. With this legacy in mind, LUMAS brings you a collection of compelling portrait images that combine the very best of this longstanding practice.
Art Portraits through Time
The oldest know portrait dates back some 26,000 years. Crafted from mammoth ivory, it depicts a simple yet elegant female face. Later, the Egyptians would become celebrated ancient portraitists, with a number of well-preserved pieces being some of the earliest known records of painted portraiture. As the classical period developed, Greek and Roman portraits would dominate the landscape, depicting realistic representations of their subjects that attempted to capture the essence of an individual.
After the decline of these great civilisations, realistic portrait pictures retreated in favour of more idealised versions of individual subjects. It wasn’t until the late Middle Ages that true portraiture remerged as the dominant representation of the human form. However, despite this rich heritage, we are perhaps most familiar with the iconic art portraits of the Renaissance – an epoch that brought us da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring.
Fine art portraits continued to evolve and develop and, with the advent of photography in the 19th century, a whole new discipline was born. The daguerreotype revolutionised the arts world and made inexpensive portraiture available to the general public for the first time in history. However, the 30 second exposure time often gave subjects a very stiff and stern look that was characteristic of those early works. Eventually, technology would improve and photographers began to capture more reflexive images that attempted to portray the subject’s true character.
By bringing together the finest artists from around the world, our expertly curated collections allow you to own art of true value at a fraction of the usual cost. LUMAS achieves this by bridging the gap between an industry of poor quality, mass-produced pieces found in gift shops and the often inaccessible world of high art. We believe that everybody should have access to great artwork. That is why we created LUMAS—to help you enjoy fine art portraits just as much as we do.
Classic and Contemporary Fine Art Portraits at LUMAS
Here at LUMAS, we have assembled a collection of art portraits that take influence from the classics whilst bringing a truly contemporary aesthetic to your home. Favourites from the golden age of cinema sit side by side with Lichtenstein inspired pop art paintings; celebrated musicians take the stage next to portraits that reference the ancient Japanese art of Nihonga. Regardless of your particular preferences or tastes, you can be sure that LUMAS has portrait pictures to suit – be it woman or man pictures.
Featuring individually numbered pieces in print runs of 75 to 150, LUMAS allows you to own exclusive art portraits of the very highest quality. Edition Certificates guarantee the authenticity of your fine art portrait. Many of our artworks are also signed by the original artist. What’s more, each of our artworks can be fully customised to your tastes with a selection of frames and formats—the perfect way to find the ideal piece to fit the décor of your home.
View Portrait Pictures in Our Unique Galleries
You will find a wealth of beautiful art portraits on the LUMAS website. But if you prefer to see your artwork in a gallery, then LUMAS can help. With more than 30 galleries in major cities around the world, you can enjoy our ever growing portfolio in a more traditional setting. Each gallery is unique and curated by our gallery staff—meaning you can always expect to see a refreshing aesthetic, regardless of how many LUMAS galleries you visit. What’s more, whether during an opening reception, rotating exhibition or simply on a spontaneous visit, our staff will be more than happy to show you around and assist you with your decision.