Collection: Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres

Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres – A renowned French painter


Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, a French "neoclassical" painter and an expert of "modern art", was born on August 29, 1780 in Montauban, Tarnet Garonne. His unsuccessful & failed painter and sculptor father, Jean Marie Joseph Ingres, became Jean's first inspiration for music and drawing. The animated artist created his first drawing in the year 1789. 

 Early Life:

From 1786, Jean Auguste began his training at a local school, which he had to drop out in 1791 during the French Revolution. Then he was tutored by Jean-Pierre Vigan, the painter Joseph Roques and the landscape painter Jean Briant. At the age of thirteen, the painter learned to play the violin from his violin teacher Lejeune. 

 In 1797 Jean Auguste Ingres moved to Paris and did an apprenticeship with the renowned European painter Jacques Louis David for four years. He was accepted into the École des BeauxArts in October 1799 and, in 1801, won the coveted scholarship of the Grand Prize of Rome for his painting entitled "Achilles receives the ambassadors of Agamemnon (1801)". 

 Famous Artworks:

After his debut in 1802 with his "Portrait of a Woman," Jean and four other artists were entrusted with painting the complete portraits of Napoleon Bonaparte. In 1806 the artist got engaged to the painter and musician MarieAnneJulie Forestier and immigrated to Rome.

 In the same year, the exhibition of Ingres' paintings "Napoleon I on his Imperial Throne (1806)" and "Self-Portrait (1804)" in the Salon was massively criticized as "archaic" and "Gothic." During his fourteen-year stay in Rome, the artist mastered drawing and painting techniques and became one of the most revered and drawn men of his time. Most of his nudes, such as "Oedipus and the Sphinx (1808)," found little public response. 

In 1813 he married Madeleine Chapelle. 

 Final Years and Death:

Jean created sensual portraits of female nudes in 1862, including his work "The Turkish Bath." Ingres died of pneumonia in Paris on January 14, 1867, leaving a legacy of great works.

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