Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (August 29, 1780 - January 14, 1867) was a French Neoclassical painter. Although he considered himself a painter of history in the tradition of Nicolas Poussin and Jacques-Louis David, by the end of his life it was Ingres' portraits, both painted and drawn, that were recognized as his greatest legacy.

A man profoundly respectful of the past, he assumed the role of a guardian of academic orthodoxy against the ascendant Romantic style represented by his nemesis Eugene Delacroix. His exemplars, he once explained, were "the great masters which flourished in that century of glorious memory when Raphael set the eternal and incontestable bounds of the sublime in art ... I am thus a conservator of good doctrine, and not an innovator." Nevertheless, modern opinion has tended to regard Ingres and the other Neoclassicists of his era as embodying the Romantic spirit of his time, while his expressive distortions of form and space make him an important precursor of modern art.

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Portrait of Jacques Marquet - Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres - www.jeanaugustedominiqueingres.org
Portrait of Jacques Marquet
Portrait Of The Actor, Monsieur Brochard - Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres - www.jeanaugustedominiqueingres.org
Portrait Of The Actor, Monsieur Brochard
Auguste-Jean-Marie Guénepin - Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres - www.jeanaugustedominiqueingres.org
Auguste-Jean-Marie Guénepin

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