- JEAN DOMINIQUE AUGUSTE INGRES HANDWRITTEN LETTER SIGNED, FRENCH ARTIST
JEAN DOMINIQUE AUGUSTE INGRES HANDWRITTEN LETTER SIGNED, FRENCH ARTIST
Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780-1867) Extremely Rare Handwritten Letter Signed, "Votre devoue et ami Ingres" ("Your devoted and friend Ingres"), one page, 4 x 5.5, in French, postmarked 27 March 1860 on the accompanying handwritten address panel, museum-quality matting and framing to an overall size of 12 x 9.5, written to "Monsieur Elvard", Professor of Composition at the Paris Conservatoire, inviting him and his sister to visit his "atelier on Wednesday or Thursday only, between 4 and 6 o'clock", by the French Neoclassical painter. Ingres was the greatest exponent of classicism in art and was profoundly influenced by past artistic traditions and aspired to become the guardian of academic orthodoxy against the ascendant Romantic style. He was a supreme draughtsman and was particularly celebrated for his piercingly vivid portraits and his exotic odalisque scenes. His letters are exceptionally rare.