Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres (1780-1867)
French painter Jean-Auguste Ingres was a prominent member of the neoclassical movement. His strengths included superb draftsmanship, focused insight into personality, and a single dedication to neoclassical line and style, which perfectly suited Ingres to painting portraits. Despite these facts, Ingres considered himself a painter of history, like the painters who inspired him.
Ingres studied painting with neoclassical painter Jacques-Louis David in Paris, and soon Ingres was awarded the coveted Prix de Rome in 1801. Moving to Rome, Ingres honed his skills in drawing and design and was greatly influenced by Raphael, Italian Renaissance master. Ingres returned to Paris, impassioned against the new Romantic Movement, and became a spokesman against the movement. As one of the most celebrated painters in France and an academic spokesman, Ingres was awarded the Legion d Honneur in 1847. Ingres painted until the end of his life; his superb depiction of the female nude, The Bather of Valpincon, was painted when he was 82 years old.
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