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Ingres (Studies in World Art Book 37) Details

The great Ingres exhibition now at the Louvre is one of those big, swagger events that the French arts bureaucracy continues to do very well, even at a time when the cultural supremacy of Paris has long vanished. It tells you almost everything you might want to know about the artist, and even a bit more. What it doesn’t do is to solve the mystery of Ingres’ personality – he was a supreme bourgeois who also succeeded in being one of the supreme rebels pf 19th century art – or indeed the art of any other period one might care to name. Like Caravaggio, his opposite in most respects, he is historically recalcitrant, By which I mean that he seems eternally of the present moment, forever ready to shock, either in one way or in another. He never takes quite the direction one expects.

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