Stock images libraries are full of pictures of models that look towards the lens, but are not really look at you. The man in these ads does better than the woman (maybe the squinting, or his age), but it is hard to beat a painter's ability to get those penetrating eyes.

The ads were taken from Ads of the World. The painting is "Girl resting on her arms" by Eugene Vidal (1847-1907), Oil on canvas, 47 x 59 cm.

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