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Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archive
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Erich Lessing / Art Resource, NY

Studying under Jacques-Louis David for four years, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres developed a Neoclassical approach that changed little as his career unfolded. Known for his extraordinary drawing skills, Ingres believed that line, not color, conveyed the expressive content in an image. He did not share his colleagues’ enthusiasm for battle scenes, preferring to depict revelatory moments and intimate confrontations that rarely included movement or violence, and his early work was criticized for stylistic and historical idiosyncrasies. Ingres despised the more fashionable work of the Romantics such as Eugene Delacroix, and was despondent when his work was poorly received in the Salons. Inspired by Orientalism, Ingres painted a series of odalisques that were originally panned for their exaggerated anatomy and depiction of odd accessories, but were later hailed as Romantic masterpieces.

High auction record
€2.1m, Christie's, 2009
Collected by major museums
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, Musée du Louvre
Selected exhibitions
2016
French portrait drawings from Clouet to CourbetBritish Museum
2015
Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts, ParisAmerican Federation of Arts
2013
Old Master DrawingsChristie's Old Masters

Homere deifie (Homer's Apotheosis), 1827

Oil on canvas
386 × 515 in
980.4 × 1308.1 cm
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ELC
Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archive
Medium
Image rights
Erich Lessing / Art Resource, NY

Studying under Jacques-Louis David for four years, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres developed a Neoclassical approach that changed little as his career unfolded. Known for his extraordinary drawing skills, Ingres believed that line, not color, conveyed the expressive content in an image. He did not share his colleagues’ enthusiasm for battle scenes, preferring to depict revelatory moments and intimate confrontations that rarely included movement or violence, and his early work was criticized for stylistic and historical idiosyncrasies. Ingres despised the more fashionable work of the Romantics such as Eugene Delacroix, and was despondent when his work was poorly received in the Salons. Inspired by Orientalism, Ingres painted a series of odalisques that were originally panned for their exaggerated anatomy and depiction of odd accessories, but were later hailed as Romantic masterpieces.

High auction record
€2.1m, Christie's, 2009
Collected by major museums
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, Musée du Louvre
Selected exhibitions (3)
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