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Artists in 60 Seconds: Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres


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Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres and Workshop (French, 1780-1867). Odalisque in Grisaille,1824-34. Oil on canvas. 32 3/4 x 43 in. (83.2 x109.2 cm). Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Collection, Wolfe Fund, 1938.

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Movement, Style, School or Type of Art:


Date and Place of Birth:

August 29, 1780, Montauban, France


Ingres, a pupil of David's, never let his brushwork show. As a Neo-classicist, he consciously kept emotion out of his works. He preferred painting historical narratives and felt that portraits were somehow beneath him. Yet, his portraits were his best work and that by which we remember him.

Important Works:

Important Works:

  • The Valpinçon Bather, 1808
  • La Grande Odalisque, 1814
  • Apotheosis of Homer, 1827

Date and Place of Death:

January 14, 1867, Paris, France

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