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

Madame Alexandre Lethiere and Her Daughter Letizia, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, graphite portrait
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 the figure and drapery.

I never tire of the effect these often create of responding to the subject of the portrait as a person — and simultaneously being reminded that it’s just lines on paper!