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Kate Middleton´s first official portrait
revealed: Painting of Duchess of
Cambridge met with mixed reaction

New York Daily News, by Rheana Murray

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 1/11/2013 1:34:32 PM

Duchess Kate Middleton’s first official portrait as a royal is here — like it or not. While the painting prompted mixed reactions after Friday’s unveiling in London, Middleton praised it as “absolutely brilliant,” according to The Prince of Wales website. Scottish-born artist Paul Emsley said he followed the royal mom-to-be’s instructions “to be portrayed naturally — her natural self — as opposed to her official self.” He doctored her eye color to match her blouse and the painting’s background. “She struck me as an enormously open and generous and a very warm person,” Emsley said.

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I just hope the the Scottish artist didn´t do one of Prince Charles. While it might scare the ghosts from Buckingham Palace away while hanging from its walls, it could cause nightmares to Kate´s future brood.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: halfnorsk, 1/11/2013 1:42:12 PM     (No. 9111067)

At least she did it with her clothes on.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: realrep, 1/11/2013 1:42:49 PM     (No. 9111070)

The background is sour. A lighter color would have been better.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: bamapreacher, 1/11/2013 1:44:14 PM     (No. 9111075)

The artist is prescient. This is probably what Kate will look like in 30 years. As for today it is about the worst portrait I have ever seen.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: killerbee, 1/11/2013 1:50:48 PM     (No. 9111092)

It doesn´t really look like her, does it? The nose is all wrong. It looks like a mediocre art student painted it.

I´ll have to look at this man´s other work to see if everything is this off, but this really doesn´t look much like her. And it´s a terrible, smirky facial expression. She has such a nice smile.

Maybe he hasn´t learned how to do teeth yet.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: LittleHoodedMonk, 1/11/2013 1:53:15 PM     (No. 9111101)

Daily Mail [UK] story [just look at the headline], with video:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2260655/Kate-Middleton-Rotten-official-portrait-Duchess-Cambridge-artist-Paul-Emsley-unveiled.html

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Reply 6 - Posted by: crunchycon, 1/11/2013 1:56:58 PM     (No. 9111112)

Not trying to be snarky here, but it´s a good likeness for what she´ll look like in 10 years...

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Reply 7 - Posted by: horacer, 1/11/2013 1:58:03 PM     (No. 9111118)

Yeccchhhh. Looks like it came from a paint by the numbers kit.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: SallyHerigstad, 1/11/2013 2:00:04 PM     (No. 9111127)

I´d be livid. She looks like she´s sucking on a lemon.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: PageTurner, 1/11/2013 2:06:21 PM     (No. 9111138)

You gotta work to make a woman that beautiful that ugly. Well, being a modern artist, he succeeded.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: antiquegolf, 1/11/2013 2:07:51 PM     (No. 9111139)

Did she find a starving artist at a street fair?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: mozey, 1/11/2013 2:10:32 PM     (No. 9111147)

She certainly didn´t get her money´s worth. Looks as though she was hit by a hard right to the head.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 1/11/2013 2:17:44 PM     (No. 9111160)

Who cares what the portrait looks like. either way, she`s a real cutie.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Calvinesq, 1/11/2013 2:19:51 PM     (No. 9111168)

Looks like she just took a sip of something and was being made to laugh. Kate -- time to swallow, or it´s going to come out your nose.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: TXknitter, 1/11/2013 2:24:58 PM     (No. 9111180)

How can such a lovely woman be celebrated with such an ugly painting? I believe this couple thinks so too behind the scenes. #10 is right. This guy must have needed the job.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Gale, 1/11/2013 2:25:32 PM     (No. 9111183)

Most unfortunate painting. I agree the nose is the worst part.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: MisterDickens, 1/11/2013 3:02:20 PM     (No. 9111247)

I think everytime the guy tried to fix it, it just got worse so he finally stopped "while he was ahead" which he wasn´t.

Next time try a camera, pal.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: dolphin, 1/11/2013 3:12:06 PM     (No. 9111264)

You should NEVER smile--not even half way--in an official portrait. Smiling is for photographs and will not read well in a painting. The palette is a bit drab for a beautiful young woman.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Rafter, 1/11/2013 3:53:59 PM     (No. 9111335)

Oops!

Guess the inept artist must be her baby-daddy.

How else could one explain her raving over the blatantly bad art?

Love is blind and conquers all.
Maybe William didn´t get the memo before?
Well...
He has now.
This could be interesting.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Udanja99, 1/11/2013 4:28:06 PM     (No. 9111402)

I read the comments here before looking at the portrait and was expecting some sort of cartoonish mess. I think the portrait is quite good, looks like Kate, shows her personality and is technically well done. And I´m a professional artist.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: noddy, 1/11/2013 5:20:38 PM     (No. 9111474)

No artist here, but I appreciate art. In the good ol´ days Mr. Emsley would have been sent packing to the Tower. Off With His Head.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: PageTurner, 1/11/2013 6:34:37 PM     (No. 9111577)

#18 - No, Kate is just being polite. We all know the truth. She just wants to be gracious as she always is.

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