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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 25 August 1999
Ingres is my favorite artist, for his skill in detailing. The lushness of the womens' jewels, the sleekness of their silk, satin, velvet with lace gowns! One feels as though one can caress the silk of the costume that Madame Moitessier is wearing. One feels that the Comtesse de Broglie, languidly leaning on a silk covered chair, that one can smell her parfum, and hear the rustle of her silk gown. Ingres' use of color, shadow, and nuance revolutionized the art of the portrait. No idealized "Madonna-like" likenesses these! He painted the famous and infamous, warts and all, hardly sparing the sitter. ALL of this lyric realism, warmth, and exquisite attention to detail, and ALL between 1804-1867. C'est marveilleux!!! ONE in a million.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 25 April 1999
The exhibition which this catalogue accompanies was perhaps the most beautiful show I've seen in London for a long time, although I must admit my passion for Ingres did prejudice me positively!
The catalogue is possibly the most sumptuously illustrated book on Ingres possible. The paintings are wonderfully reproduced in glossy colour illustrations which compliment the essays, which are of the highest possible academic standard and are filled with new insights on Ingres,whose popularity is destined to grow again thanks to the National Gallery's exhibition.
What's more,I've found the book extremely useful for my Finals in Art History!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 February 2010
A very good book where you can find many portraits and also a historical note about those people. This book doesn't represent a whole Ingres works, not at all. For that you should buy others, but it is a good complement.
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