Tuesday, March 15, 2011

ABC Wednesday - I is for Ingres

 I is for Ingres

 Jean Augueste Dominique Ingres 
29 August 1780 – 14 January 1867

 Self-portrait at age 24

Ingres was a French Neo-Classicism painter. He considered himself a painter of history but ultimately he is best known for his portrait paintings and drawings.

 Napoleon on his Throne
"Make copies, young man, many copies. You can only become a good artist by copying the masters." ~ Ingres

The Bather of Valpinçon
1808Oil on canvas. Louvre, Paris, France         

Portrait of Jean-Baptiste Desdéban. 
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Besançon, France

"The way good inventions are made is to familiarize yourself with those of others. The men who cultivate letters and the arts are all sons of Homer."
Le Grande Odalisque
Oil on canvas. Louvre, Paris, France

Antiochus and Stratonice
Oil on canvas. Musée Condé, Chantilly, France
"As long as you do not hold a balance between your seeing of things and your execution, you will do nothing that is really good."
Portrait of Countess D'Haussonville
1845Frick Collection, New York City


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  1. Every week I wait to see what new and interesting artist you will bring. I'm learning so much visiting and reading and studying these magnificent masterpieces. Being a novice artist, I'm inspired with each visit.

  2. Classic images-

    Warm Aloha & Gratitude from Honolulu!

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  3. recognized the period but not the specific artist,who, I get to say again, I had never heard of.
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  4. Hi, it's my first time in your blog and I am very delighted by what I see here - they're my kind of eye candies. And today I learned a new artist - Ingres. I want to be updated and would like to put your link on my sidebar if that's okay. Thanks.

  5. So pretty and Interesting!

    Please come and see my ABC Wednesday post, thanks!

  6. I've dropped by from ABC Wednesday. I love the painting of Napoleon, I can almost feel the velvet and fur, it's exquisite and so opulent. Definitely a sense of power.

  7. Stunning. I want to fall into them..well, not the Napoleon one! ;)

  8. I had never heard of him but I had seen somewhere Le Grande Odalisque on the internet or somewhere.

    Very powerful paintings.

  9. Quite a good looking guy wasn't he..and he painted women who look like women.
    Jane x

  10. It is his nudes that move me; so freshly caputured and as though they are either unaware of his presence, or surprised by it.

  11. his faces are remarkable
    I feel I can know each subject

  12. A beautiful post. And I resisted saying, "More in sorrow than in Ingres." :-)

  13. Hello and thank you to all who commented.

    Sue and Hazel - welcome to PS. I enjoyed both your blogs. :-)

    Wanda - thank you! I'm so glad you benefit from the posts.

    Jane and Chris - instead of women who look like toothpicks? ;-) I couldn't agree more.

    Berowne - heh!

  14. He's one of my very favorites. Thanks for posting these lovely images and his teachings.

  15. Napoleon, Bather and Odalisque would earn him a spot in the art history books even if he never painted another thing.

  16. Oh how wonderful. I love coming to a new blog and discovering new worlds and wonders. I certainly did that here.


  17. Jean-Auguste-Domnique Ingres and Eugene Delacroix were the two famous artists of France in the mid 1800s who led the argument of line vs color. Ingres was the consumate draghtsman, an academic, and loved line. Delacriox was the master of color, a precursor to the Impressionists, and a romantic.

    I was torn, as a teenager, between the two. I couldn't really see how either could make much without the other, and I was moved by the art of both. I had a pre-puberty crush on a reproduction of the Countess D'Haussonville. My mother thought she looked haughty and spoiled. I saw a drawing done in preparation for this portrait, years later, and loved the drawing more than the painting. Then I saw the original painting in the Frick and fell in love with the painting all over again (but not the woman - I was in NY on my honeymoon with my Dearest and saw no one else in that city of 8 million people - so strange that we had it nearly to ourselves for those few days). I have never encountered such a lush satiny cool blue as her dress anywhere else. The original work is stunning. In general Ingres' faces, hands, and cloth are all stars.

    I read that Ingres' Odalisque has such a long back that he must have presumed more vertebrae than humanly possible. It works, though, reminding me of the Mannerists, who came after the Renaissance Italians, painting in a more disturbing time and showing their stress in their distortions. Parmigianino's Madonna with the Long Neck comes to mind.

    I immediately recognize his crisp, economical drawings whereve I see them. He captured the famous violinist Paganini in a memorable portait that emphasizes the sensitive face, the talented fingers, and the elegance of his white cravat. The simple perfection of lines that are used to capture so much detail about the coat... and delicate Paganini seems to FILL the grand coat, you can feel the puffed sleeves, the crispness of the cloth, the softness of the large cuff nearly covering the bow hand.

    Delacroix, on the other hand, with his lion hunts and battles and destruction of harems... Like the wildest scenes from my boyhood favorite the Tales of the Arabain Nights. Golds, reds, blues... color applied with seemingly little need for outline or edges, everything a swirl of emotions and movement and glory. No economy - everything lavish and opulent.

    So different, those two. Not much wonder they were the standard bearers for vehemently opposed camps.

  18. As different as they are, Steve, I'm a fan of both Delacroix and Ingres.

    You must be right about that extra vertebrae! She looks almost serpentine.

    sending a hug,

  19. Steve - P.S. The blue dress is stunning in person. I saw it at the Frick as well. Love that place.


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