The model’s portrait is often an excuse for the expression of the painter’s personality through form, shape and color. Through the work of finding likeness or the model’s expression, the painter strives to show his own inner life. This way, the life model works as an external mediator between the painter and his own self. The painted model becomes an external trace of the painter’s personality.
However, the model’s face, body or the Alpine landscape must exist as reflexions of both res extensa and the painter’s invisible life, i.e. his thoughts and emotions. It is in the intricate and judicious blend of both the representation of the external object and the expression of the painter’s inner self that true art can emerge.