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The first official portrait of King Charles is divisive.

Arts and EntertainmentThe first official portrait of King Charles is divisive.

British artist Jonathan Yeo has painted high-profile subjects such as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and actress Nicole Kidman. The monarch is wearing the uniform of the Welsh Guards, his sword in hand, with a fiery red background that appears to almost swallow him whole, as a butterfly looks like it is about to land on his shoulder. According to a statement released by Buckingham Palace, the portrait has evolved as the subject's role in our public life has changed. I try my best to capture the life experiences etched into the sitter's face. My aim was to reference the traditions of royal portraiture but in a way that reflects a 21st century monarchy and, above all else, to communicate the subject's deep humanity.

The artist Jonathan Yeo had four sittings with the King, and also worked from drawings and photographs. The portrait was commissioned in 2020 to celebrate the Prince of Wales's 50 years as a member of the company.

The work will be on display in London from May 16 to June 14 at the Philip Mould Gallery and was commissioned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Charles being a member of The Drapers' Company. It will hang at the hall at the end of August. After seeing the result, the monarch was surprised by the strong color, but he seemed to be smiling approvingly, and there was no shortage of commentary on social media. One person said that he would have liked this if it was any other color than red. The harshness of the red doesn't match the softness of his expression, and he looks like he's going straight to hell.

Richard Morris said on X, "I really like the portrait, before photography, to have a great painter capture your real appearance, you accepted the revelation of your flaws and your mortality."

The celebrated artist has branched out into other forms of art, such as collage. In 2007, after a commission to paint former US President George W. it was the first in a wider series depicting public figures that have traded on their sexual morality. According to his website, the vivid colors of the glazes are not only compatible with the royal heritage found in many historical portraits but also inject a dynamic, contemporary shock into the genre with its uniformly powerful hue.

The National Portrait Gallery in London has a collection of paintings by the King. Painting is one of the most relaxing and therapeutic exercises I know, and itrefreshes parts of the soul which other activities can't reach, according to him.

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