Madame Félix Gallois, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres Graphite on paper, with touches of cold highlighting the jewelry, roughly 14 x 11 in. (35 x 27 cm); in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; use the download or zoom links under the image on their site. Another of Ingres’ beautiful and deceptively simple graphite […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Portrait of a Seated Lady, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres In the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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.
Following up on my recent Eye Candy post about an Ingres graphite portrait, I couldn’t help but think of this well known and beautiful portrait painting. Comtesse d’Haussonville, by Jean-August-Dominique Ingres, on Google Art Project. Use controls at lower right to zoom in. Note the way he has carefully handled the reflection of the back […]
Portrait of Mme Adolphe-Marcellin Defresne, née Sophie Leroy, graphite drawing by Jean-Aguste-Dominique Ingres. I love how casual the rest of the drawing seems compared to the carefully rendered face. From the Morgan Library and Museum. More here. Use the controls under the image for Zoom and Full Screen.
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. […]
Though I had seen a few reproductions of his work in books, I first really took notice of German artist Adolph Menzel quite a few years ago, when I encountered some of his original drawings in shows of 19th century master drawings at the Morgan Library in New York and the National Gallery in D.C. […]
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 […]
Portrait of a Young Woman Wearing a Cloak and Bonnet, Théodore Chassériau In the Metropolitan Museum of Art; graphite on wove paper; approximately 18 x 15 in. (46 x 39 cm). Chassériau has given us a beautifully sensitive pencil portrait. The commentary on the museum’s website suggests that Chassériau shows more interest in the subject’s […]
Today, March 30, is — we are told — “National Pencil Day“, marking the advent of a patent on the pencil with an attached eraser. I’ll put aside the fact that this hardly represents the most significant event in the history of the pencil, and the inaccuracy of the linked WN article about Lipman creating […]
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 […]
“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 […]
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 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 […]
The Frick Collection is a relatively small museum in New York, housed in the former mansion of Henry Clay Frick, and displaying the artworks collected by him and his daughter, Helen Clay Frick. The collection, though not as extensive as those of larger museums, has the density of an expensive fruitcake, with so many yummy […]
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 […]
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, […]