Category:Madame Moitessier (Ingres - National Gallery of Art)

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Madame Moitessier (Ingres - National Gallery of Art)
Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres: Madame Moitessier  wikidata:Q16038633 
creator QS:P170,Q23380
Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres: Madame Moitessier
Object type painting
Genre portrait
Caption from the museum

When his friend Marcotte first suggested that Ingres paint Ines Moitessier, the wife of a financier and jurist, he demurred. Ingres changed his mind after being struck by her "terrible et belle tête" (terrible and beautiful head.) The author Théophile Gautier described her as "Junolike," and Ingres presents her with the imposing remoteness of a Roman goddess. Her stance is severe and strongly silhouetted, her monumental shoulders stark ivory against the somber, restricted colors around her.

Ingres insisted on painting every detail from life, so he could achieve, in his words, "the faithful rendering of nature that leads to art." With minute accuracy he has recorded the light–absorbing darkness of her lace and velvet costume, the gleam of gold jewelry, the gloss of her elaborate coiffure. The emphatic reality of these details contrasts with her unfocused gaze, contributing to the sense that she is somehow removed from life.

Ingres began to pose Madame Moitessier in the 1840s, but the work languished. This second attempt was begun after the aging artist—he was 71—had been roused from depression by the prospect of his remarriage in 1852.

Depicted people Marie-Clotilde-Inès Moitessier
Date 1851
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Height: 147 cm (57.8 ″); Width: 100 cm (39.3 ″)
dimensions QS:P2048,+147U174728;P2049,+100U174728
institution QS:P195,Q214867
Current location
West Building, Main Floor - Gallery 56
Accession number
Object history

- The sitter, Marie-Clothilde-Inès, née de Foucauld [1821-1897], and her husband, Paul Sigisbert Moitessier [1799-1889];
- their elder daughter, Clothilde-Marie-Catherine, comtesse de Flavigny [1843-1914], by 1911;
- [1] her sister, Françoise-Camille-Marie, vicomtesse Taillepied de Bondy [1850-1934], by 1921;
- [2] probably her son, François,[3] comte Taillepied de Bondy [b. 1875];
- sold 1935 to (Paul Rosenberg & Co., London, New York, and Paris);
- sold 1945 to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York;
- gift 1946 to NGA.

Inscriptions lower center left: I.A.D. INGRES P.XIT ANO 1851; upper right: M.E INES MOITESSIER / NÉE DE FOUCAULD.

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