Did you know that Jean-Auguste-Dominique #Ingres accepted portrait commissions with reluctance? He thought these commissions were a distraction from more important work. This is 'Portrait of Monsieur Bertin'. Bertin was a French writer, art collector and a friend of Ingres. Although #Ingres agonised over the pose and made many preparatory sketches, this portrait sealed the artist's reputation as one of the greatest painters of his time. He succeeded in capturing the sitter's character, conveying his restless energy and his imposing bulk.
The portrait was a critical and popular success and it has been on permanent display at the @museelouvre since 1897.
"Princesse de Broglie" by Ingres. I've always loved this painting for the quality of the satin of the dress. It's just obsessed me since I was 10 or so. I signed up for a class on Coursera on gender and art to help prep for going to the MFA residency. I'm really excited about it, and anxious, too. I'm afraid deep down that I'm not a good enough artist for this, and I'm equally afraid the Financial Aid Office is going to fuck my loans up. The joys of grad school, part... IDK. I'm just going to be in school forever, studying whatever makes me happy. #art#arthistory#ingres#mfa#gradschool#artandgender#financialaid#mylife#impostersyndrome#fineart#portraits#beauty#joy