Author

Leroy Lawson

Date of Award:

1976

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department:

Art

Advisor/Chair:

Harrison Groutage

Abstract

The purpose of this thesis is to explain some of the historical and personal developments in the painting of portraits.

For this project, eleven models were selected all of whom showed a wide range of emotional types and were painted in oil on canvas. The subjects were placed in shallow space, and color was explored as an emotional element. The personal experiences were evaluated and ideas for future development were suggested.

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