Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Happy Birthday, Ingres

Madame Moitessier, 1856 by Jacques-Auguste-Dominque Ingres, National Gallery of Art, London.

True to the fashion of his time, Ingres was more interested in painting historic scenes than doing portraits, but also true, portraits are an artist's bread and butter. Mme. Moitessier's husband asked Ingres to paint his wife's portrait and Ingres refused, upon meeting her however, he was intrigued and agreed to paint her. Notice how the use of the mirror behind her, gives us two portraits in one.


Teresa said...

Martha - were the artists of this time going through a Greek or Roman revival? This portrait has the "classic" nose and pointed fingertips common to Greek and Roman sculptures and paintings. Especially evident in the reflected image in the mirror. I have yet to see a "real" person with a nose like this. I'm curious to find out if this is the idea of "classic" beauty!

Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

"... he was intrigued," I like that line is your post! It speaks deciliously.

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