• Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres . Today's birthday guy. The man who invented neoclassical painting

    25 days ago - By Chez Namaste Nancy

    August 29, 1780. Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres was a French Neoclassical painter. Although he considered himself to be a painter of history in the tradition of Nicolas Poussin and Jacques-Louis David, by the end of his life it was Ingres's portraits, both painted and drawn, that were recognized as his greatest legacy.
    In common with his portraits, La Grande Odalisque is not burdened with narrative or moral content. It is an image about the pleasure of looking, an eroticism that is heightened by the nude's unattainability: the impossibility of her beauty, the illusionary tactility of the...
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  • Jacques-Louis David. Painter of the French Revolution

    Jacques-Louis David. Painter of the French Revolution

    25 days ago - By Chez Namaste Nancy

    Jacques-Louis David. Artist of the French Revolution Jacques-Louis David , (born August 30, 1748, Paris , France-died December 29, 1825, Brussels , Belgium), the most celebrated French artist of his day and a principal exponent of the late 18th-century Neoclassical reaction against the Rococo style. Here he is looking very romantic and revolutionary. 1794 David won wide acclaim with his huge canvases on classical themes. When the French Revolution began in 1789, he served briefly as its artistic director and painted its leaders and martyrs in a style that is more realistic than classical...
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