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The first in Spain retrospective Ingres organized the Prado Museum

Large-scale exposition in the Prado Museum is always an extraordinary event. This time Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres won the high part. Art critics talk about the influence that this heir of Raphael and Poussin had on the 19th century European art schools, mentioning even Picasso ... Well, and we recall an eloquent excerpt from Somerset Maugham's immortal novel “The Theater” and look at the captivating pictures!On November 27, the Prado Museum in Madrid presented the first major retrospective of the works of Ingres in Spain.Greater Odalisque Jean Auguste Dominic Engr 1814, 91 × 162 cm “Charles turned off all the lamps except for one shaded by the lampshade, and when he sat down again, Julia leaned against him. He hugged her around the waist, she laid his head on his shoulder.
“Divine,” she whispered.
“I’ve been saddened for you all this time.”
- Had time to take a break?
- Yes. I bought a picture of Ingres and paid a lot of money for it. Be sure to show it to you before you leave.
- Do not forget. Where did you hang it?
From the first minute, as they entered the house, Julia asked herself the question: where should seduction happen - in the office or upstairs.
“In my bedroom,” Charles answered. “Somerset Maugham. "Theater" (1937. Trans. - G. Ostrovskaya) Well, the prospect of seeing about 70 of the original works of the artist - no less seductive!Portrait of the Countess d'Ossonvilleville Auguste Dominique Ingres1845, 131 × 92 cm

The exhibition, organized jointly with the Louvre, offers an accurate chronological presentation of the master. A copy of his self-portrait of 1804, made by Gustave Eke in 1850, will meet visitors. And the last picture in the exhibition is a self-portrait, which the artist wrote at the age of 79 years. The work was provided by the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.
Drawings and sketches of Enra (including the famous "Big Odalisque") can also be seen at the exhibition in Madrid. Interesting to buy Sir Charles?

Above: Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, "Self-Portrait" (1804)The curators made a special emphasis on the complex relationship of Engra with portrait painting (they are characterized by simultaneous rejection and admiration). The artist himself wanted to be recognized as a representative of historicism. Well, the numerous portraits painted by Engrom are, as they say, "the mirror of the bourgeois society of its time." For example, Ingres with amazing skill transferred the texture of clothing and fabrics, which were an indicator of the social level of the “model”.Portrait of Napoleon IJan Auguste Dominic Ingr1860, 259 × 162 cm However, the artist, as an absolute master of neoacademism, was attracted and inspired by the aesthetics of ancient Greek art, the Middle Ages and Quattrocento.Ossian's Jean-Auguste Dominic Ingr1813, 348 × 275 cm. Ingres believed that painting reached its peak under Raphael, and then its development went in the wrong direction, and the task of Engra himself is to return to the Renaissance and continue the “right” path, starting with that level.Raphael and Fornarin Jean Auguste Dominic Ingr1814, 66 × 55 cm. At the same time, he introduced anatomical distortions, which can be seen, for example, in the Great Odalisque, in which the back is extended. This technique was later picked up by avant-garde artists of the late XIX - early XX centuries. The impact of Ingres is also noticeable in the early paintings of Pablo Picasso.Turkish Baths Jean-Auguste Dominic Ingr1862, 110 × 110 cmThe last major exhibition dedicated to Jean-Auguste Domenic Engru was organized at the Museum of Romantic Life in Paris in 2008. The current retrospective at the Prado Museum will last until March 27, 2016.Jeanne Dark at the coronation of Charles VII at the Reims Cathedral in 1429. Jean Auguste Dominique Ingr1854, 240 × 178 cm. According to the official website of the Prado Museum and The Art Newspaper. Main illustration: fragment of the painting by Jean-Auguste Dominic Ingres “Turkish bath” (1862), Louvre