Kate Middleton Portrait Artist Was Heartbroken Over Attack on His Work (VIDEO)

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kate middleton portrait artist paul emsleyImagine being commissioned by the royal family to paint a portrait of Duchess Catherine, one of the world's most beloved public figures. And it's not just a portrait. It's the first. Ever. That's gotta be a nervewracking assignment to say the least. But how about having to endure a completely cruel backlash after the painting is completed? What a nightmare. Yet, that's exactly what it sounds like Paul Emsley, the painter of Kate Middleton's first portrait, has had to face in the days following the release of his work. It seems like everyone's had an opinion on the painting, and most of the opinions -- save that of Kate and Wills themselves -- have been highly critical, if not downright nasty. 

Some might argue the guy knew what he was signing up for when he took the gig, and maybe he should have had a thicker skin about it all. But after hearing his side of the story, my heart still goes out to him ... 

Ensley, an award-winning artist, told Hello! he was pretty much devastated upon hearing negative reactions from the public:

Some of the words written about it were so personal. I'd be inhuman if I said it didn't affect me. When you take on commissions like this, it is hazardous and you expect a bit of flak, but I expected nothing like the criticism I have received. I didn't expect it to go to the levels it did.

And if that wasn't bad enough, get this. The guy was actually so affected by the disparagement -- which he likened to a "witch hunt" and "circus" -- that he actually started to question the portrait's quality.

At first the attacks were so vicious that there was a point where I myself doubted that the portrait of the duchess was any good. But now I've had time to reflect, I am still happy with it and am getting on with my life. There is nothing I would have changed.

Thank goodness that's the conclusion he reached. Because when you're putting something out there that is as huge and as public as this portrait was, it's really so easy to let a faceless mob's criticism and straight-up cruelty affect you ... Everyone just looked at the portrait and went to town criticizing how they felt it made Kate look, and then, like he said, took it too far, ripping the artist on a professional and personal level, which was totally uncalled for.

I'm happy to hear, though, that he's moved past the negative static and noise. We can squawk about it for years to come and make up memes galore ... But ultimately, all that matters is that Kate, Wills, and the royal family are pleased with his work. And that he is too.

Here's Emsley discussing the process of creating the portrait ...

How do you feel about the artist's reaction to the criticism?


Image via TheRoyalChannel/YouTube

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cmjaz cmjaz

He's extremely talented. Amazingly so. But I didn't think the portrait represented her well.

ethan... ethans_momma06

I loved the portrait. I think that the majority who are verbally bashing it have jumped on one of many popular bandwagons.

I think that it's understandable that he would ... feel so hurt by the reactions. They were certainly very unkind. At the end of the day, if the people who are important (the person of whom the portrait was made) are happy, then really- that's all that matters.

nonmember avatar blue

It looks EXACTLY like the picture? It's her!!! How is that nor a representation of her? He painted reality, for the love of god!! Choose a more perfect picture, if you want her to look perfect.

Vegeta Vegeta

If the people criticizing it think it sucks then I'd like to see the portraits they've painted of her. She doesn't look old, those aren't age lines, they're the muscles forming a tightened closed mouth smile.

bills... billsfan1104

I thought it was a portrait photo of her, not a painting. Wow it was realistic.

nekoy... nekoyukidoll

As a writer, I've had some outright nasty things said about my stories from they aren't good to I'm a shitty, worthless writer who can't write anything worth being published.  While I'd be lying to say it didn't hurt (it most definitely did hurt to hear those things), know it's all part of being creative and brushed them off as not worth my time.  My personal experience is most often, the harshest critics, besides the artist themselves, are the ones who look for the smallest imperfections in a work of art and hide behind the idea that they have a right o criticize the artist and say whatever they want to and the artist has to take it.  

That being said, I personally think it was a great piece and am amazed at how real it looked.  It really brought out her natural beauty.

Littl... LittleFrogsMA

I bet it is great in person as it is meant to be viewed

Elizabeth Jill Dennis

I'm glad he didn't kill himself. "Get over it and move on" has to be peoples new montra. Everyone is too critical and then personally attack. Stop the personal attacks! I'm sure there will be other portraits and they will be more flattering.

nikol... nikolita87

There's something a little odd about the painting that I can't put my finger on... But overall I think it's a very good painting. I myself am an artist and portraits are NOT easy! I respect him and I'm glad he's not letting nasty people get to him. There seem to be more negative people in the world than positive.

Debbie Vargas

In the world of Art, criticisms are a necessity and something that should be expected. I am also an Artist and originally critiqued the piece and I stand by my original posts. This had nothing to do with him personally, this was purely business. The painting is too dark, the pose uncomfortable, the smile is almost smirking, it makes her look old, the coloring is contrasting each other. Though it is obvious there was supposed to be a softness shown, it does not reflect through enough with the lack of background. I feel bad for the Artist having to go through the scrutiny that he is, but remember that this is a painting that is seen by the entire world with all the status that befell her in royalty.

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