Ingres. Erotic drawings
Ingres, described by Baudelaire as a painter of “profound sensual delights,” has not always been acknowledged as such by the art world. Famous for his iconic paintings The Grand Odalisque and The Turkish Bath, Ingres was also an artist of great erotic intensity and raw sexuality. These facets of his oeuvre are explored here in depth and in detail. The sixty-five illustrations include drawings and sketches from the artist’s personal notebooks, lush details from his paintings, and even a rare daguerreotype. Medieval engravings from the sixteenth century are reproduced alongside the sketches that they inspired, and studies for Ingres’ famous paintings appear adjacent to the corresponding details. Stéphane Guégan unveils this unexplored aspect of the artist’s works through the themes of a virile eros, temptation, seduction, voyeurism, close-ups, forbidden desires, saturation, and enigma. The volume includes a chronology of the artist’s life and a selected bibliography. This handful of hidden treasures, shocking enough in their time to be banished from polite society, today rewards a thorough examination with a new and enlightening perspective on Ingres: the artist, the man of flesh and blood, the seducer.
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