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Portrait of a Seated Man

about 1852

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

In this distinctive portrait, Charles Winter posed the sitter in such a way as to suggest a conversation with the viewer. The man's tilted face, defined by knitted brows, makes his countenance especially alert and engaging. The power of the image is in the twisted pose, enhanced by light along the buttons and edge of the coat, that animates his body. The dramatic foreshortening of the subject makes him appear legless.

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