Ingres (Drawing Gallery series)
Louis-Antoine PratISBN: 8874390998;
The fourth book of the "Drawing Gallery" series is devoted to Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780-1867). Considered one of the greatest French draughtsmen of all time, the artist left thousands of preparatory drawings for his paintings, including Oedipus and the Sphinx and The Turkish Bath, along with an incomparable series of almost five hundred graphite portraits that have always been deemed the highest expression of his genius. The Louvre collection offers excellent examples of these two aspects of Ingres? graphic activity. The ensemble conserved in the Graphic Arts department of the Louvre, formed by gifts, especially from the artist?s friends, but also by an active acquisition policy, boasts several of his most famous drawings, portraits (The Forestier Family, The Stamaty Family, Paganini) and finished compositions that Ingres, always longing for perfection, tirelessly repeated after painting them (Triumph of Romulus over Acron, Ossian?s Dream, The Apotheosis...
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