Critics descend as artist unveils ‘rotten’ Kate Middleton portrait

Author Annette J Dunlea Irish Writer:

)pinions on Kate’s Portrait

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Kate Middleton seems to like her first official portrait, which is lucky for the artist, since not all the critics agree.

Paul Emsley’s portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge shows the 31-year-old Royal against a dark background, her lips pursed into a wry smile, with an ethereal light against her face and hair. Her pale complexion brings out the fine lines under the eyes, and the light adds a hint of silver to her rich brown hair.

Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge and his wife Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, speak with British artist Paul Emsley Friday after the portrait.

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Shortly after the portrait was unveiled Friday at the National Portrait Gallery in London, critics began grousing.

“I’m really sad to say this is a rotten portrait,” Daily Mail art critic Robin Simon said.

Guardian arts writer Charlotte Higgins said that Kate’s mouth looked clenched, her eyes looked dead, and that the whole thing had “sepulchral gloom” about it.

“Kate Middleton is —…

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