Teasing the official portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge (gallery)
January 12, 2013
Artist Paul Emsley was commissioned to make the first official portrait of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. But the reviews were not the best, both the public and specialists.
Emsley presented the painting in the National Portrait Gallery, where he revealed that his intention was to capture the naturalness of Kate.
“The bottom line was that it should be a portrait that in somehow express her natural personality rather than her official character,” the artist said.
“When you know, that really is true. She really is that kind of person. It’s very nice to be with her, it felt authentic and if the paint can communicate some of that then it will succeed,” he added.
The Duchess and the royal family were satisfied with the result, but critics disagreed. Some said that Kate looked prematurely aged and dull.
Also, many people began mocking portrait generating their own versions.