Painting With The Girls 61
March 1, 2016
Day 61 (305 days to go)
Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (1780-1867) was David’s greatest student. He tried to follow his teacher’s footsteps working with historical paintings, but his greatest works are considered to be his female nudes and exotic settings.
He is well known for The Great Odalisque, a figure of classical beauty mixed with apathetic sensuality, something never seen before in classical art.
Ingres could not stand portraying reality if it meant ugliness. He could only distort reality to create beauty.
Now art historians accept that Ingres added extra vertebras and elongated necks and shortened arms for the purpose of composition and sensuality.