Oil Portrait Masters 3
Peter Paul Rubens
Rubens created many portraits for his royal and aristocratic affiliates, friends and family. He portrayed many of his wealthy and royal subjects in exuberance, befitting their status. His works were not as formal as the predominant artistic style but Rubens created a rich Baroque style in his portraits that made him popular. Regarding his portraits, Rubens used an array of impastos to create clear, smooth, almost plastic-like surfaces. He achieved this by using fine impasto colors to produce a more sensitive image which portrayed the subject as realistically as possible.