Back

ⓘ The Source (Ingres)




The Source (Ingres)
                                     

ⓘ The Source (Ingres)

The Source is an oil painting on canvas by French neoclassical painter Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres. The work was begun in Florence around 1820 and not completed until 1856, in Paris. When Ingres completed The Source, he was seventy-six years old, already famous, and president of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. The pose of the nude may be compared with that of another by Ingres, the Venus Anadyomene, and is a reimagination of the Aphrodite of Cnidus or Venus Pudica. Two of Ingres students, painters Paul Balze and Alexandre Desgoffe, helped to create the background and water jar.

                                     

1. Description

The painting depicts a nude standing upright between an opening in the rocks and holding in her hands a pitcher, from which water flows. She thus represents a water source or spring, for which source is the normal French word, and which, in classical literature, is sacred to the Muses and a source of poetic inspiration. She stands between two flowers, with their "vulnerability to males who wish to pluck them", and is framed by ivy, plant of Dionysus the god of disorder, regeneration, and ecstasy. The water she pours out separates her from the viewer, as rivers mark boundaries of which the crossing is symbolically important.

                                     

2. Theme

Art historians Frances Fowle and Richard Thomson suggest that there is a "symbolic unity of woman and nature" in The Source, where the flowering plants and water serve as a background which Ingres fills with womans "secondary attributes".

                                     

3. Reception

The first exhibition of The Source was in 1856, the year it was completed. The painting was received enthusiastically. Duchatel acquired the painting in 1857 for a sum of 25.000 francs. The state assumed title to the painting in 1878 and it passed to the Musee du Louvre. In 1986 it was transferred to the Musee dOrsay. The painting has been frequently exhibited and widely published.

Haldane Macfall in A History of Painting: The French Genius describes The Source as Ingres "superb nude by which he is chiefly known". Kenneth Clark in his book Feminine Beauty observed how The Source has been described as "the most beautiful figure in French painting." Walter Friedlander in David to Delacroix referred to The Source simply as the most famous of Ingres paintings.

The model for the painting was the young daughter of Ingres concierge. In his Confessions of a Young Man, Irish novelist George Moore wrote, with relation to the morality of artistic production, "What care I that the virtue of some sixteen-year-old maid was the price for Ingres La Source? That the model died of drink and disease in the hospital is nothing when compared with the essential that I should have La Source, that exquisite dream of innocence."



                                     
  • The Turkish Bath Le Bain turc is an oil painting by Jean - Auguste - Dominique Ingres initially completed between 1852 and 1859, but modified in 1862.
  • 1812 by the French Neoclassical artist Jean - Auguste - Dominique Ingres Ingres source for this subject comes from Plutarch s Life of Romulus. The painting
  • Jean - Auguste - Dominique Ingres known in five versions. The painting belongs to his troubador style period and shows Raphael and his first love, La Fornarina. Ingres originally
  • Rosenblum, Robert. Ingres London: Harry N. Abrams, 1990. ISBN 0 - 300 - 08653 - 9 Siegfried, Susan Rifkin, Adrian. Fingering Ingres Wiley - Blackwell, 2001
  • Rosenblum, Robert. Ingres London: Harry N. Abrams, 1990. ISBN 978 - 0 - 300 - 08653 - 9 Tinterow, Gary Conisbee, Philip eds Portraits by Ingres Image of an Epoch
  • databases. Product links: Ingres Corporation Community links: North American Ingres Users Association German Ingres User Association Ingres UserGroup Nederland
  • Robert. Ingres New York: New York University, 1956 Wildenstein, Georges. The Paintings of J. A. D. Ingres London: n Phaidon Press, 1954 At the Musee
  • unfinished. Her regal pose is reminiscent of Napoleon in Ingres Bonaparte, First Consul of 1804. Ingres shows her in full length, dress in a long, high waisted
  • Rosenblum, 54 Rosenblum, Robert. Ingres London: Harry N. Abrams, 1990. ISBN 978 - 0 - 300 - 08653 - 9 Conisbee, Philip. Portraits by Ingres Image of an Epoch. New York:
  • QUEL was used for a short time in most products based on the freely available Ingres source code, most notably in an implementation called POSTQUEL supported

Users also searched:

ingres odalisque, pupil of ingres,

...
...
...