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Wednesday, December 2, 2009


Hommage à Ingres © 2009 Alan Osler
Oil on canvas 46cm x 36cm (18in x 15in)

Ingres held that drawing was the basis of painting, yet he 'drew' bodies that aren't anatomically accurate.  Take his three-quarter length portrait of the Countess of Haussonville (whose head I've attempted here): the right arm is an impossible length.  Another arm, again a right one, that of his 'Odalisque,' appears too long, and rather sausage-like -- as though his interest lay elsewhere and he decided to leave this to an apprentice. Or is there some other explanation?
Try this link to Following the masters, to see more works.

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