[image_with_animation image_url=”10515″ alignment=”” animation=”None” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100%”] Photo and painting of JS Sargent’s teacher Carolus-Duran. Painting not made from photo. Photo taken (possibly?) to resemble the painting. Posted by James Gurney Would you be surprised to see that a painter who depended on patrons’ funds applied a bit of painterly flattery to his portraits? Take a look at this portrait above by John Singer Sargent, of his teacher Carolus-Duran. See how the angles of the eyebrows have been accentuated, and the mustache lifted? Notice also the nose is more aquiline, the face is more smooth, cheekbones more sculptural, and narrow. These lifts are more pleasing to both the owner of the face, and those who gaze upon it. Check your realism. Charismatic flattery is a valued skill, and a well paid friend. –> Starting Monday, July 24: “How to paint from your own photographs.” An art camp for teens.