Kate Middleton the Duchess of Cambridge’s first official portrait has been unveiled. The 2012 painting which is by Paul Emsley is now on display over at the National Portrait Gallery from this afternoon of January 11, 2012.
Emsley told BBC News:
“I think it was the right choice in the end to have her smiling. That’s really who she is, I think.
“Everyone, I think, recognizes her partly through her lovely hair.
“I’ve altered the color of the eyes slightly to match the color of the blouse and the blue background.”
“I don’t have lots of things in the background. I do like large faces, I find them strong and contemporary.
“I’m interested in the landscape of the face, the way in which light and shadow fall across the forms.
“That’s really my subject matter. To have anything else in there is really just an interference.”
Speaking at the unveiling of the portrait, Kate reportedly told the artist:
“It’s just amazing, I thought it was brilliant.”
Emsley had worked with Catherine a few times and took a couple of months to complete the image.