Paul Emsley’s painting of the Duchess of Cambridge has been widely criticized, but "I believe half the problem is the portrait doesn’t photograph well," the artist says.
Below: Artist Paul Emsley with the portrait. Photo © Press Association. Photo source: The British Monarchy
My opinion: It’s not a glamorously pretty picture of Catherine (at least not in photos), but it nonetheless looks JUST LIKE her, quite a feat when you consider how inaccurate some previous depictions of Kate have been. Remember this official Royal Mint coin showing Prince William with some random female who looks nothing like his bride? Or this Barbie doll that supposedly represents Kate — but, again, looks nothing like her? Here’s a mock-Sex Pistols poster that depicts Kate — kind of — the eyebrows are right, but otherwise I don’t think it really captures her.
Granted, we expect more from an official portrait, but Emsley is not the first artist to comment that the Duchess of Cambridge’s beauty makes her difficult to paint. So I think Mr. Emsley did a good job. (Madame Tussaud’s did, too.)
What do YOU think of this portrait?