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Powerful portraits of women by Saskia Vugts

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As a child, Saskia Vugts had an unwavering interest in drawing. Looking back, the foundation was laid for her current career. After a period of eight years of intensive study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Arendonk she has mastered the skill of oil painting. Since 2000 she focuses solely on making portrait paintings. With this focus and dedication, she developed the technique to perfection. This manifests itself, among other things, in the dynamics of the eye area. 

Her portraits are characterized as quietly realistic, but with a powerful look that demands the attention. Lines, light, shades and structures provide the endless variation in faces. These factors influence the choice of a suitable composition and appropriate use of color or black and white. By making use of a structure with up to 15 layers, Saskia creates depth and very refined nuances in her imposing work.

Below you will find an impressive selection of the powerful women's portraits that Saskia captured on canvas. All works can be found in our shop.

Sophia Loren
For Saskia Sophia is an inspiring beautiful woman who exudes an extraordinary amount of class. The challenge lay mainly with capturing the character of such a wrinkle-free face. Saskia has made a series of actors and actresses in which she has tried to demonstrate the various experiences of beauty. On the one hand, the actresses, form the generally existing ideal of symmetrical faces and youthfulness. On the other hand, the appeal of characterful and experience-drawn faces, of the actors. Often the beauty is in someone's appearance, perhaps the more tangible representation of someone's character. This is reflected in almost all her portraits.

Doutzen Kroes
Doutzen Kroes is a famous Dutch model. In 2005 she became internationally popular as a Victoria Secret model. For Saskia, Doutzen is an inspiring personality and an example for many young women today. An enchanting beauty. The portrait has a special look because of the golden background, the sepia portrait with red lips and blue eyes. With this portrait of Doutzen, Saskia has tried to paint a beauty with character. Beauty is paramount in this portrait.

Brigitte Bardot
Brigitte Bardot was at the top of Saskia's portrait list. For many, the most beautiful and sensual woman of the last century. In her youth she was especially known as a sex symbol, but at a later age a pronounced lady who has manifested herself as an animal rights activist, always ready to give her controversial and honest opinion. Saskia has made a series of actors and actresses in which she has tried to demonstrate the various experiences of beauty. On the one hand, the actresses, form the generally existing ideal of symmetrical faces and youthfulness. On the other hand, the appeal of characterful and experience-drawn faces, of the actors. Often the beauty is in someone's appearance, perhaps the more tangible representation of someone's character. This is reflected in almost all her portraits.




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