Museo Nacional del Prado
Paseo del Prado, s/n, 28014 Madrid, Spain
The work of Ingres, only seemingly rooted in Academic painting, undoubtedly constitutes an important forerunner of the late 19th- and early 20th-century artistic revolutions. The heir to Raphael and Poussin, Ingres’ work anticipates both Picasso and anatomical distortion in art, inspiring the revitalisation of the 19th-century European art schools, particularly the Spanish.
The exhibition offers a precise chronological presentation of Ingres’ work but also pays particular attention to his complex relationship with portraiture (characterised byhis simultaneous rejection and admiration for it), which is juxtaposed with his ongoing aim of being primarily recognised as a history painter.
Image: The Countess of Haussonville. Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres. Oil on canvas, 132 x 92 cm. 1845. New York, The Frick Collection, 1927.