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Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

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With a daring blend of traditional and experimental techniques, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres reimagined classical and Renaissance sources for 19th century tastes. A talented draftsman known for his impeccably rendered illusionistic textures, he was at the center of a revived version of the ancient debate: is line or color the most important element of painting? Yet Ingres was not always successful; his experiments with abstracting the body and introducing more exotic subjects earned harsh criticism in his early career. In truth, his work is best understood as a hybrid between Neoclassicism and Romanticism. It was only as the foil to the more dramatic Romanticism of Eugène Delacroix that Ingres came to be widely accepted as the defender of traditional painting and classicism. (The Art Story)

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