Eye Candy for Today: Ingres pencil portrait of Adolphe-Marcellin Defresne

Portrait of Adolphe-Marcellin Defresne, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres Graphite pencil on paper, roughly 17×12 inches (43×29 cm). Original is in the Morgan Library and Museum. Here is another of Ingres’s wonderful pencil portraits, with his trademark combination of exacting portraiture, and loose, almost casual rendering of the figure. The Morgan Library’s page offers both a zoomable and […]

Eye Candy for Today: Ingres graphite portrait of Mme. Lethière

Madame Alexandre Lethière and Her Daughter Letizia, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres Graphite on paper, roughly 11×9 in (30×22 cm); in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Use the download or zoom icons under the image. Another of Ingres’ marvelous pencil portraits in which the delicately attentive portrait is set off by his seemingly casual sketch of […]

Eye Candy for Today: Ingres’ portraits of Madame Moitessier

Madame Moitessier, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, National Gallery of Art, DC Madame Moitessier, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, The National Gallery, London When asked to paint Madame Moitessier, Ingres — who was at a later point in his career in which he was less inclined to take on portrait commissions — initially refused. On meeting her, however, he was struck […]

Eye Candy for Today: Ingres portrait of Princesse de Broglie

Joséphine-Éléonore-Marie-Pauline de Galard de Brassac de Béarn (1825–1860), Princesse de Broglie, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres In addition to dazzling the eye with his handling of face, figure, fabric and jewelry, Ingres leaves no doubt that he has nailed the sitter’s likeness. In the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Use “Fullscreen” link and download arrow.  

Ingres at the Morgan

Throughout my life I’ve been fortunate to experience a series of wonderful “Ah-Ha!” moments when I’ve come across a new genre or artist that made me feel like I was opening my eyes on a new world. Discovering the graphite portrait drawings of Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres when I was an art student was one of them. […]

A Revolution of the Palette at Norton Simon

Though it had been slowing expanding over the centuries, the range of paint colors available to artists increased most dramatically in the 19th century, when a number of new synthetic pigments began to come into production, partly as a result of the industrial revolution. Prior to that, new color discoveries were few and scattered, and […]

François Marius Granet

Sometimes artists, like musicians, are called on to replay their “greatest hits” (or “hit”). François Marius Granet was a French painter, originally from the Provençal town of Aix. He studied there in a free art school run by the landscape painter M. Constantin. Granet went to Paris, where he had the opportunity to study with […]

Self-portraits #7

“Selfies” were in the news again today, as the press evidently felt that the U.S. president taking one of himself and some other world leaders at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service was a newsworthy event (sigh). Here are some more artists’ “selfies”, done with brush or graphite. (Images above: Diego Rivera, George Tooker, Frits Thaulow, Jean […]

Louis janmot

Anne-François-Louis Janmot was a 19th century French painter who devoted his career to depictions of his deeply held Christian faith. Janmot was also a poet. His most ambitious undertaking was a cycle of 18 paintings and 16 drawings, accompanied by verse, titled Poem of the Soul. You can see the 18 paintings arranged in order […]

David Gray

David Gray paints elegant, refined still life paintings and beautifully realized portraits in the classical realist tradition. In both his portraits and still life paintings, he evokes a feeling of stillness and contemplation, though in the portraits that feeling is often pierced by the quiet but intense aliveness projected by his subjects. Similarly, Gray works […]

Edgar Degas

Though considered a member of the original core group of French Impressionists, Edgar Degas (Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas), always stood apart, both in his approach to painting, in which he considered himself a realist rather than an Impressionist, and in his emphasis on drawing. Amid a group that downplayed the role of drawing in art […]

Paul Delaroche

Hippolyte (Paul) Delaroche was a French academic painter who helped set the standards for late 19th Century history painting. Though denigrated in subsequent times (and at the time by upstarts like the Impressionists), history painting was the core of mainstream academic painting, then the artistic establishment; and Delaroche, along with Eugéne Delacroix and Théodore Géricault, […]