(Madam Ingres, 1859)
Jean Aguste Dominique Ingres: 1780-1867
French Neoclassical painter (a period of severe and unemotional form of art harkening back to the grandeur of ancient Greece and Rome).
Born in France, his father was an artist (not successful) who encouraged Ingres to draw and play music. He studied in both Paris and Rome and from the beginning of his career, Ingres freely borrowed from earlier art, adopting the historical style appropriate to his subject, leading critics to charge him with plundering the past. Ingres's style was formed early in life and changed comparatively little, he abhorred the visible brushstroke, he was rarely successful in the depiction of movement and drama and although capable of painting quickly, he often laboured for years over a painting.
He painted 450 portraits in his lifetime.
One things I particularly like about Ingres' paintings is the way he does the fabrics of the clothes these women are wearing - the richness of the fabrics, the way the fabric folds and bends, the shine and the textures - aren't they just beautiful - you can tell by looking at them that the materials are luxurious and expensive. I could almost reach out and touch them. I also think there is some serenity about these women, look at their mouths and eyes. I wonder what they are thinking - these rich and powerful women.
Princesse Albert de Broglie, née Joséphine-Eléonore-Marie-Pauline de Galard de Brassac de Béarn
Louise de Broglie, Countesse d'Haussonville, 1845
Portrait of Madame Moitessier Sitting, 1856
Madame Antonia Devaucay de Nittis
There is a famous nude painting by Ingres (The Valpincon Bather, 1808) which shows the back of a nake woman that I have no included but one that he is best known for. It is one of my favourite Ingres paintings as it is so beautifully done. Nude painting was popular among artists and many of Ingres nudes have the look of ancient Greece and Rome.