|Duc d'Orleans, 1842|
The British National Gallery
This painting shows Ingres’ love of statuesque compositions. Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780-1867) was one of the greatest French Neoclassical painters. He considered himself a painter of historical subjects, however, today, his greatest contributions to the art world are considered to be his portraiture. Ingres pushed away the influences of the Romantic Period, preferring to rely on academic and historical inspirations which gave his work a feeling of monumentality. The artist held true to his stylistic beliefs throughout his entire career, thereby giving his work an incomparable consistency. Ingres was obsessed with the idea of creating historical paintings. In the end, he did. His portraits are one of the best records of the history of his day.