Understanding the genres of western art, such as portraiture, enable us to better appreciate paintings.  

Portraiture is one of the principal genres, or subject types, of western art.

A portrait is a representation of a person.  It can be a realistic likeness of the person or an idealized view of the person. 
 
A portrait can depict an individual or a group of people or the artist himself, which is called a self portrait.
 
Commissioned portraits were a way of making ends meet for artists, especially those before the twentieth century.

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How to appreciate paintings? Understanding the genres of western art, such as portraiture, enable us to better appreciate paintings.  

Painting Image: The Dance by Singapore artist Low Hai Hong / ARTualize.com.sg

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