The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Thursday, June 20, 2019

The Morgan Library & Museum presents seventeen master drawings by Ingres
Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Odalisque and Slave, 1839. Graphite, black and white chalk, gray and brown wash. Signed, inscribed, and dated at lower left, J. Ingres / Rom. 1839. Thaw Collection, The Morgan Library & Museum. Photo: Graham Haber, 2011.

NEW YORK, N.Y.- Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780–1867) is among an elite group of nineteenth-century French masters whose style is almost instantly recognizable. Arguably the greatest portraitist of his time, Ingres was a brilliant draftsman, and his drawings have long been prized along with his paintings. The Morgan Library & Museum presents sixteen superb drawings and three letters by Ingres from its collection, together with one exceptional loan, in a focused exhibition in the Clare Eddy Thaw Gallery. Running through November 27 the show spans Ingres’s career and provides visitors with an intimate look at a draftsman who is indisputably one of the greatest in French history.

Ingres’s Neoclassicism has often been framed in opposition to the Romanticism of Eugène Delacroix and Théodore Géricault, as well as other artists associated with France’s Revolutionary Era. This view tends to obscure a freshness and originality that Ingres shared with his contemporaries. Happily for visitors to the Morgan, the Ingres exhibition will run concurrently with David, Delacroix, and Revolutionary France: Drawings from the Louvre, which features a further ten sheets by the artist among the more than seventy drawings from the Louvre chronicling the period book-ended by the Revolution of 1789 and the establishment of the Second Empire in 1852—largely encompassing the years of Ingres’s career.

"The Morgan is delighted to present this exceptional group of drawings by an artist whose influence was widespread in his day and continued into the twentieth century,” said William M. Griswold director of The Morgan Library & Museum. “Ingres was famous for his devotion to a classical style, yet a number of modern artists, such as Matisse and Picasso, were profoundly indebted to him. We are especially pleased to present this exhibition in the context of the larger show of drawings from the Louvre, allowing visitors to see Ingres in the broad sweep of his time.”

The show will chronicle the major phases of the artist’s career, beginning with Portrait of a Boy of c 1793–4, which he executed when he was a thirteen or fourteen-year-old student at the Académie Royale in Toulouse. When Ingres entered the Paris studio of
Jacques-Louis David in 1797, he abandoned the fine modeling of graphite and sensitivity to minute detail that characterize this early drawing. Also on view is a preparatory drawing for Oedipus and the Sphinx of 1808, which dates from the period when the artist was a pensionnaire at the Villa Medici in Rome. Like many of his fellow foreign artists in Rome, Ingres explored and sketched local monuments such as St. Peter’s, the Palazzo Barberini, and Santa Maria Maggiore. An extraordinary cityscape, View of Santa Maria Maggiore of ca. 1813–14, was likely executed in a sketchbook that Ingres carried with him to a preferred vantage point on the Esquiline Hill. He precisely rendered the church facade, but merely outlined the baroque sculptures and the procession leading away from the entrance.

In the years following his studies, Ingres established an important studio on Rome’s Via Gregoriana where he worked on imperial commissions and painted and drew portraits of French occupation officials and their families. Portrait of Hippolyte Devillers of 1812 features the Director of Probate and Estates who moved to Rome the previous year and sat for Ingres on at least three occasions. Pictured as a bachelor at the age of forty-seven, Devillers appears somewhat nervous and delicate, as if he has not quite gained confidence in his new office. One of the most iconic drawings to be included in the exhibition is Ingres’s Portrait of Monsieur Guillaume Guillon Lethière of 1815, which depicts the new Director of the French Academy in Rome in all his convivial pomposity. The delicate and naturalistic shading of Lethière’s round face juxtaposed to the rapid and jagged lines of his collar clearly demonstrate why Ingres is considered an unparalleled master of portraiture.

The Morgan Library & Museum is internationally renowned for its extensive collection of literary and historical manuscripts, and the Ingres exhibition includes not only drawings but also three revelatory letters by the artist. In one poignant example, written to Marie-Anne-Julie Forestier, Ingres’s fiancée, the artist laments his intense homesickness during his first days in Rome. He writes, “I lie down from nine at night until six in the morning, I do not sleep, I roll around in my bed, I cry, I think continuously of you . . .” Nine months later, Ingres would break his engagement, blaming his unwillingness to return to Paris after the negative reviews his paintings had received at the Salon.

Ingres once told a pupil that if he placed a sign above his studio door, it would read Ecole de Dessin (School of Drawing). The centerpiece of the exhibition is the large-scale graphite and black chalk Odalisque and Slave of 1839, which likely served as the model for the engraved version of the subject. The epitome of exoticism and orientalism, this exquisite drawing is emblematic of the erotic tales of Arabia that had captured the imagination of nineteenth-century Paris.

Today's News

September 11, 2011

First major Tony Cragg exhibition in 20 years opens at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas

Sotheby's Beyond Limits 2011: New works by Hirst, Quinn and Kusama at Chatsworth selling exhibition

The Morgan Library & Museum presents seventeen master drawings by Ingres

Edward Kienholz, Five Car Stud 1969-1972, revisited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Major exhibition poses tough questions and reasserts Fluxus attitude

Major Southern Commissions of the 1930s-1940s at D. Wigmore Fine Art in New York

Color in Flux: Exhibition on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Weserburg

Prehistoric clay disks found at Noatak National Preserve in Northwestern Alaska

LACMA announces inaugural Art + Film Gala honoring Clint Eastwood and John Baldessari

Shakespeare: Staging the World exhibition announced at the British Museum

Gods, heroes & myths still speak of their ancient power at Bonhams sale of antiquities in London

First major solo exhibition of Brian McCutcheon's work opens at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus chronicles wars in Berlin show

Winning bid for huge diamond seized in Ohio: $2.8 Million

Previously unseen drawings and sketches by Nigel Hall at the Royal Academy of Arts

New York State Museum opens "New York Remembers" exhibition

"The Fifth Column" a group exhibition featuring works by seven international artist

Remembering 9/11 on view at International Center of Photography

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Art of early man found in the greatest meteor crater on earth

2.- Exhibition celebrates Helmut Newton's 50-year career through a rare and unseen collection of vintage prints

3.- World's most costly painting on Saudi prince's yacht: report

4.- Sotheby's celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing with an auction

5.- Domaine de Chantilly exhibits Leonardo da Vinci's 'Nude Mona Lisa'

6.- New book offers front-row seat to greatest concert in history

7.- The New York Botanical Garden opens its largest botanical exhibition ever

8.- The most famous car in the world: RM Sotheby's presents James Bond Aston Martin DB5

9.- Mexico unearths what may be historic recording of Frida Kahlo

10.- Exhibition of Pierre-Auguste Renoir's paintings marks centenary of his death

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful