The Artist Birthday Series

Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres

Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres: painter

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780 – 1867) was a French Neoclassical painter. Although he considered himself to be a painter of history in the tradition of Nicolas Poussin and Jacques-Louis David, by the end of his life it was Ingres’s portraits, both painted and drawn, that were recognized as his greatest legacy.

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Born in Montauban, France, on August 29 1780, Ingres was introduced to art at an early age. Though his father was a mediocre artist (described as a ‘jack-of-all-trades’) he passed his love of art onto his more talented son. It wasn’t long before Ingres elevated from his father’s informal training onto better things.

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