Is it something to criticize if one renders the same or similar faces from picture to picture? I can think of many artists in history who are identifiable by the types of faces they drew- Rossetti did all his women with puffy, pouting lips, for example. Burne Jones did his with his low-hairlines, doe-eyes and small mouths. Waterhouse's maidens nearly all have the same nose, which is slightly up-turned at the tip, and the same pointed chin. Burne Jones and Waterhouse even repeated the same face over and over within the same picture, and with Burne Jones even the men and women have the same face!
Burne Jones' 'Golden Stairs', and Waterhouse's 'Hylas and the Nymphs' are popular paintings. I certainly admire them, and it had never bothered me before that near identical faces appear over and over.
Is it an artistic failing if one has a particular type of face that reoccurs, or should criticism be restricted to how well the figures are actually rendered? Thoughts?