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.


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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