Sunday, October 16, 2011

INGRES, Jean-Auguste-Dominique

The Grand Odalisque
oil on canvas
91 × 162 cm (35.8 × 63.8 in)
Musée du Louvre, Paris

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780 – 1867) was a French painter.
Grande Odalisque, is an oil painting commissioned by Napoleon's sister, Queen Caroline Murat of Naples, depicting an odalisque, or concubine.
This painting attracted wide criticism when the painting was first shown in the Salon of 1819. One critic remarked that the work had "neither bones nor muscle, neither blood, nor life, nor relief, indeed nothing that constitutes imitation". This echoed the general view and it has been especially noted for the elongated proportions and lack of anatomical realism.
Ingres was continued to be criticized for his work until the mid-1820s, but Ingres's influence on later generations of artists has been considerable. His most significant heir was Degas, and in the 20th century, Matisse described Ingres as the first painter "to use pure colors, outlining them without distorting them."