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Portraits are representations of a human subject ; it is an imitation of their visual appearance.

Historically, the portrait was reserved for a certain social class, that of the rich and powerful. Later, portraiture spread to all social classes, it is no longer rare to have family or friends portrayed by an artist. Portraits are considered to be precious testimonies of time and are important documents of the era, families and memories.

Drawn portraits date as far back as painted portraits and are characterized by a great diversity of techniques, which range from charcoal to pencil, ink wash and pastel, which is a technique that bridges the gap between drawing and painting.