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Art by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres

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Art by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres

Art by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres
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Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (pronounced ("Ang", rhymes with "bang", with a hint of the "r", but the final "es" is not pronounced) (August 29, 1780 - January 14, 1867) was a French Neoclassical painter. Although he thought of himself as a painter of history in the tradition of Nicolas Poussin and Jacques-Louis David, by the end of his life it was his portraits, both painted and drawn, that were recognized as his greatest legacy.
Ingres's style was formed early in life and changed comparatively little. His earliest drawings, such as the Portrait of a Man (July 3, 1797, now in the Louvre) already show a suavity of outline and an extraordinary control of the parallel hatchings which model the forms. From the first, his paintings are characterized by a firmness of outline reflecting his often-quoted conviction that "drawing is the probity of art". He believed color to be no more than an accessory to drawing, explaining: "Drawing is not just reproducing contours, it is not just the line; drawing is also the expression, the inner form, the composition, the modelling. See what is left after that. Drawing is seven eighths of what makes up painting."