Thursday, August 29, 2013

August 29 - Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

Neoclassical painter Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres was born on August 29, 1780, in southwestern France. He displayed precocious talent for drawing. In Paris, he studied in the workshop of painter Jacques-Louis David, supported himself as a portraitist, then spent many years in Italy, where he was influenced by ancient art and the works of Raphael. He resisted the expressive, emotional aspects of early 19th century Romanticism in favor the line, sculptural form and balanced composition of David's Neoclassical school. Ironically, many of Ingres’ subjects are so exotic that they are viewed as romantic, including his many odalisques (female nudes) and historical paintings. His portraits are stunning examples of physical exactness and psychological insight into his subjects. Ingres's influence on artists has been significant, affecting masters such as Renoir, Degas, Modigliani, Seurat and Picasso. He was a precursor of modern art in his expressive distortions of form and space. Pictured: Napoleon I on His Imperial Throne (1806).

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