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The Power of Portraiture: Recent Acquisitions

Wangari Mathenge, The Ascendants XIV (She is Here), 2021. Oil on canvas, 85 × 64 inches (215.9 × 162.56 cm). Collection of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Museum purchase with funds provided by Colleen and Javier Baz, 2022.5.1. © Wangari Mathenge, 2021. Courtesy of the artist.

Portraiture has long been an effective mode of artistic expression. A portrait is more than a mere rendering of an individual or group of people, and often serves as a revealing window onto the sitters’ individuality. Portraits can also be political, poignant and powerful means of representing the figure to reveal insight into the human condition. For some artists, creating portraits can be a practical and personal way to fashion identity.

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