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Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres
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Artist
    (August 29, 1780-January 14, 1867)
    Born in Montauban, France
    Neo-classical painter
    Known for his portraits and his odalisques
    Following bad reviews of a portrait of Napoleon (1806), he refused to return to Paris from Rome, leading to the breaking off of his engagement.
    Bad reviews of another painting prompted him to stop exhibiting in public for two decades (1834-55).
    He wanted to be known as a painter of historical scenes and resented depending on portraits to earn a living.
    When visitors asked, 'Is this where the man who draws the portraits lives?' he would respond with, 'No, the man who lives here is a painter.'
    He took considerable liberties with anatomy, such as drawing the courtesan of 'La Grand Odalisque' (1814) with an extra five vertebrae.
    His education was interrupted by the French Revolution.
    He was a talented violinist, who played with Paganini.
    He was awarded the Legion of Honor (1825).
    After creating the erotic painting 'The Turkish Bath' at age 82, he declared that he had 'all the fire of a man of thirty years.'
    Henri Matisse called him the first painter 'to use pure colors, outlining them without distorting them.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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