Russian portraitist Valentin Serov (1865-1911) once said: “Any human face is so complex and so unique that you can always find in it various traits that are worth portraying, be they good or bad.”
“For my part,” he continued, “each time I appraise a person’s face, I am inspired—you might even say carried away—not by his or her outer aspect, which is often trivial, but by the characterization it can be given on canvas.
"That is why I am accused sometimes of having my portraits look like caricatures.”
Valentin Serov, Portrait of Princess Olga Orlova, 1911.
Quote is from a new book on Valentin Serov