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Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Portrait of Thomas-Charles Naudet, 1806, Museum Appropriation Fund

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

Portrait of Thomas-Charles Naudet

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres French, 1780-1867
Portrait of Thomas-Charles Naudet, 1806
Graphite on wove paper
23.7 x 17.8 cm (9 5/16 x 7 inches)
Museum Appropriation Fund 29.087

Ingres, one of the last grand champions of the French classical tradition of history painting, drew this portrait of the landscape painter Thomas-Charles Naudet in Rome while both were students at the French Academy there. Ingres portrayed Naudet as a dashing young man with a rather amused expression on his face. Though executed in his student days, the drawing nonetheless reveals Ingres’s emphatically linear style. Form is realized in the continuous, closed contours around the body and is highlighted by only the subtlest tonal variation.

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