Duran's approach to character

Carolus Duran (1837-1917) established one of the most esteemed ateliers in Paris. He counted Manet, Fantin-Latour, and Courbet as his friends and models, while Maximilien Luce, Takeji Fujishima, and John Singer Sargent were his most famous students. Duran's talent as a portraitist was to adapt his approach to capture the unique physical and emotional presence of the sitter. His male portraits, especially compared to his female ones have a powerfully direct approach. If Sargent celebrated his subject's grandeur and beauty, Carolus-Duran presented his subjects power and presence.

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