The Artist Birthday Series

Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres

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“La Comtesse d’Haussonville,” 1845

 

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“Madame Moitessier,” 1856

Abstaining from entering the Salon for more than two decades, Ingres entered 69 pieces to the 1855 Universal Exposition in Paris. The reviews were mixed; to the Conservatives, Ingres was the last great representative of “the grand tradition”: to the Progressives, his style was old fashioned and irrelevant to contemporary advances in painting.

"Saint John the Baptist, As A Boy," 1855
“Saint John the Baptist, As A Boy,” 1855

Continuing to paint into his latter years proved beneficial for Ingres. It was then that he completed his most notable works; female nudes. His two most recognizable works, La Source and The Turkish Bath are contrasting to a notable degree.

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