The famed yet flawed Colonial portrait painter Gilbert Stuart was known throughout the colonies as an exceptional artist who could capture a likeness. His hand was deft and seemingly flawless in technique. Asked about his process, Stuart remarked: “Paint what you see and look with your own eyes”. As you examine work by Stuart, how would you interpret this statement by the artist? Does it have any special meaning to you in your development as an artist?
Gilbert Stuart, Portrait of Mrs. Richard Yates