• Andre Lamartin

National Portrait Gallery

A portrait is a seemingly paradoxical work of art. It captures both the timelessness of the human spirit, in the eyes of the person depicted, as well as the transience of human existence, in portraying a momentary glimpse of a face ultimately destined to be ravaged by death. In search of a better understanding of this art form, I visited the National Portrait Gallery, the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. My original goal was to create a personal exhibition called “The Ephemeral and the Eternal”. However, the unfortunate lassitude of the Spring holiday sabotaged my plans. What follows is simply a small selection of portraits I came across, devoid of any meaningful discussion, recorded here for posterity.