I like this recent (2007) portrait of ‘Ella’, the youngest daugther of the famous german painter Gerhard Richter ( Dresden, 1932-), exhibited till end of May in the National Portrait Gallery in London.
The typical Richter’s ‘blur’ intensifies the introspective attitude of the child, she seems far away, as if the father had tried to reach the daughter, but too late; she is already growing up into her own person.
It shows the limit of portait-painting, or photography :an impossible grasp for the inner truth of the person. A vain quest.
(Richter projects photographs on a canvas; he paints then , aiming at the perfect reproduction; then he blurs the whole with a brush or a plastic sheet. Source: I read it somewhere some months ago, but age has blurred my memories!)
Previous posts about Richter, and very different styles:here and here.