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Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

Known for his impeccable drawing skills, Ingres (1780–1867) believed that line, not color, conveyed the expressive content in an image. His portraits, both painted and drawn, are now recognized as his greatest legacy. Ingres embodied the Romantic spirit of his time, while his expressive distortions of form and space make him an important precursor of modern art.

Studying under the most prominent French painters at the time, Ingres developed a style that drew inspiration from the classical art and culture of Ancient Greece and Rome. Though battle scenes dominated the visual arts at that time, Ingres preferred intimate confrontations and revelatory moments in his scenes.