Monday, March 16, 2009

Vive la Republique !

Louis-François Bertin
por Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, 1832

"Ingres began teaching at the École des Beaux-Arts in 1830, and in 1832 served as vice-president of the prestigious school. That year he also undertook what has become his most famous portrait. The sitter was Louis-François Bertin (1766–1841), a powerful newspaperman, owner of the Journal des débats, and at the time Ingres portrayed him, a key supporter of King Louis-Philippe's constitutional monarchy. When this portrait was exhibited at the Salon of 1833, crowds marveled at its naturalism, though many critics found fault with the restrained palette. The painting, Ingres's first popular success as a portraitist, has come to symbolize the rise of the unapologetically self-satisfied bourgeoisie.

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