Hubert De Lartigue
Hubert De Lartigue is a French painter and illustrator.
He began his career with illustrations of science fiction, including book covers and pin-ups.
Since the 2000s, he turned increasingly to photo-realism and hyper-realism, including anatomical details in portraits or large canvases.
Hubert explains his work by saying, “The portrait is a classic theme in the world of painting.
However, I try to create elements of surprise in each of my portraits, the way I crop them, the expression or the attitude of the models.
But the power of the portrait lies above all in the look of the model, which is unique each time.
All I have to do is underline the strength and the intensity.”
In his photorealistic portraiture, Hubert de Lartigue fuses the visual languages of fashion photography and Neoclassicism, and yet subverts their shared, glossy idealization of the female nude by depicting real women with all of their imperfections.
Using a paintbrush and airbrush, he builds up coats of acrylic, then sands his works until brushstroke and other painterly gestures are practically invisible, rendering his surface almost as smooth as a photograph.
De Lartigue is known for capturing his live models in sensual and alluring poses, often drawing particular attention to their lips.