I chose Ingres because despite being best known for his large scale oil paintings, his pencil drawings, especially his portraitures are rich with emotion and truly reflect the people he was passionate about. You can see both his Romanticist and Neoclassicist influences in the way he gracefully portrays his figures. All of the drawings displayed here were done in pencil.
This is a portrait of Ingres’s wife, Madeleine Chapelle, glowing with pregnancy. They were recommended to each other by friends and courted through letter writing. Ingres proposed to Madeleine without ever meeting her, and by all accounts they had a very happy marriage except they were unable to have children. Their only child (the one she is carrying in the drawing) was stillborn.
This is a portrait of Franz Liszt, an incredibly talented and popular Hungarian pianist. Ingres, being a gifted violinist himself, drew many of the famous and influential musicians who visited him in Italy. This is a family portrait of the Lethier family. I like his diverse use of line, and how their is such affection between all of the family members.
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