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The Best of Portrait painters
 
Joan Miró (Self Portrait, 1919), a gift to a friend
This self-portrait painted in oil by Joan Miró in 1919 was a gift from the artist to Pablo Picasso. Hence the work is in the Picasso Museum in Paris. Ángeles Martín Valbuena, professor of Art History at Saint Louis University and author of this Top Ten for The Best of the World, highlights this work for its scrupulous detail and precision. A frontal composition with a certain naivety, and with volume modelled by light.
 
Ignacio Zuloaga (The Dwarf Doña Mercedes, 1899), deformity and meta-painting
A portrait akin to the Maribárbola in Las Meninas, but with a higher viewpoint that accentuates the subject’s deformity. A notable element is the crystal ball which gives the painting volume, and in which the artist himself can be seen reflected.
 
Antonio López (Carmencita de Comunión, 1960), Spanish Hyperrealism
In a work that belongs to the purest Magic Realism, the subject is depicted with amazing poetic skill and with the Hyperrealism that characterizes this Spanish artist. This oil painting on a board is one of Antonio López’s best-known paintings.
 
 


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