Ingres avant Ingres: Dessiner pour peindre

Ingres avant Ingres: Dessiner pour peindre

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Ingres avant Ingres: Dessiner pour peindre
(Ingres before Ingres: Draw to Paint)

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Exhibition Catalog

Musees des Beaux-Arts d'Orleans, 2021. Published by Le Passage Editions, Paris.

272 pp. Well illustrated (chiefly col.). 28 x 23 cm. In French. Hardcover.

ISBN 9782847424638

This book examines the graphic production of the young Ingres and thereby proposes to follow the gradual blossoming of his genius from childhood until his departure for Rome in 1806. The dazzling mastery of the painter of the XIX th century is such that its early years rarely attract attention. However, they constitute an artistic adventure in itself, during which the artist's singularity manifests itself mainly in the exercise of drawing. If academic training has always been based on this practice, the first means of knowledge and improvement in imitation of nature, its experimentation by Ingres takes on an exhaustive dimension revealing its ambition. The first work of virtuosity, the portrait of Jean Charles Auguste Simon (1802-1803), kept at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Orléans, shows how David's pupil prepared to be a painter using pencil. But drawing is also accomplished as an autonomous discipline with multiple purposes and in which modernity emerges even in the most insignificant expressions. By analyzing this path, the work attempts to restore coherence to a body of work often parasitized by abusive attributions and the dilemma of dating. It also examines the functions of drawing in the practice of the painter in the making.

Artist(s): Ingres, Jean-Auguste-Dominique

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