Re: copy of Monet self portrait - X posted in portraiture.
for artist, the subject he paint, it is his own world, is own war, is own peaceful, he can do whatever he feel, whatever makes him good, if it the playing with colors or the underpainting, the style, the mood, everything he choose.
i think the most impression of the words above, is Van gogh paintings. for his timeline, i believe his portraits were subjects for joke by others. they didnt see it as through his minds, feelings and eyes.
and the results is Van gogh movie. a genius.