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Monday, April 11, 2011

Ingres, Jean-Auguste-Dominique


Pauline Eleanore de Galard de Brassac de Bearn, Princesse de Broglie
1853
Oil on canvas
47 3/4 x 35 3/4 in
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Ingres, Jean-Auguste-Dominique (1780-1867).
French painter, the son of a minor painter and sculptor.
He is a puzzling artist and his career is full of contradictions.
He was a bourgeois with the limitations of a bourgeois mentality, but as Baudelaire remarked, his finest works `are the product of a deeply sensuous nature'.