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Ingres (1780-1867), catalogue of the exhibition, edited by Vincent Pomarède, Stéphane Guégan, Louis-Antoine Prat, Eric Bertin

Copublication Gallimard / musée du Louvre Editions, Size: 23 x 27 cm, 408 pages, 325 Full-color illustrations, ISBN : 2-35031-051-5, 39.90 €, Distribution: Sodis, Release Date: 16 February 2006

Published in conjunction with the Ingres retrospective, this catalogue is conceived as a book of reference on the work of the major nineteenth-century painter. Its scope extends beyond the exhibition itself to offer a review and a synthesis of the present state of knowledge on the work of Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres. The essays and the catalogue in this publication shed new light on an artist whose complex and contradictory oeuvre has at times been misjudged by art historians. All the different contemporary schools of interpretation that share an interest in the work of Ingres are represented, each with their specific view and detailed comments on the artist. An important chronological biography on CD-Rom by Eric Bertin accompanies the book, brilliantly retracing Ingres's life and career.

Ingres (1780-1867), album of the exhibition by Vincent Pomarède

Copublication Gallimard / Musée du Louvre Editions, Size : 24 x 30 cm, 64 pages, 100 Full-color illustrations, ISBN : 2-35031-052-3, 8 €, Distribution: Sodis, Release Date: 16 February 2006

Intended for a large public, the album of the exhibition retraces the major episodes in Ingres's career. A synthetic text accompanies the full-color reproductions of the painter's masterpieces, replacing them in their historical and art historical context.

The catalogue and the album of the exhibition were produced with support from ARJOWIGGINS.

Ingres « Je voudrais bien être ce révolutionnaire-là », by Stéphane Guégan, Collection Découvertes Gallimard

Copublication Gallimard / Musée du Louvre Editions, Size: 12.5 x 17.8 cm, 160 pages, ISBN : 2-07-030870-7, 13.10 €, Distribution: Sodis, Release date: 16 February 2006

This book offers a global vision of Ingres's oeuvre. How did this champion of noble lines and of idealism, this worshipper of Raphael, this student of David, ultimately revolutionize the art of painting? This is what we are to find out with Stéphane Guégan, one of the curators of the Louvre retrospective.

La Grande Odalisque, by Dimitri Salmon, scientific consultant for the Painting Department of the Musée du Louvre, Collection Solo

Copublication Réunion des Musées Nationaux / Musée du Louvre Editions, Size: 14 x 21.5 cm, 64 pages, 50 Full-color illustrations, ISBN : 2-7118 85126-5, 13.50 €, Distribution: Inter forum, Date of Release 24 February 2006

Sensual and universal, such are the two adjectives, which express most accurately the effect Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (Montauban, 1780—Paris, 1867) wished to create with the Grande Odalisque. We can only agree with the French art historian Henri Focillon (1881–1943) when he declared that Ingres cherished his Odalisque less for the beauty of her skin and its luminosity than "(…)for the living rhythm of her figure." The Grande Odalisque is from this point of view the true pictorial incarnation of woman, the feminine essence such as she was described by the poets of the nineteenth century: That "venal muse", as infernal as she is heavenly, whose aura was later encapsulated by Baudelaire echoing Ingres' s most personal aesthetic aspirations in these three words, "rhythm, perfume, soft light... ."

Already released:

  • In the "Solo" series, Monsieur Bertin by Daniel Ternois, ISBN : 2-7118-3749-1, October 1998
  • In the "Cabinet des dessins" series, Copublication 5 Continents/ Musée du Louvre Editions, Ingres by Louis-Antoine Prat, ISBN : 88-7439-098-X, Distribution: volumen, Released: March 2004.

Ingres et après, by Stéphane Guégan, Dada – La Revue d’art pour les enfants à partir de 7 ans

Coédition musée du Louvre Editions / Editions Mango, Size: 21 x 24 cm, 22 pages, 6.50 €, N° 116 - January 2006

Ingres: a classical painter? Maybe too classical? If that is still your opinion of him you will be quite surprised by this issue of Dada. Ingres today is recognized as an eminently modern painter, who influenced such different artists as Degas, Gauguin, Picasso, Matisse, Bacon, Picabia and Man Ray. Like Molière's Bourgeois Gentleman, Monsieur Jourdain, Ingres made modern art without knowing it. He bequeathed to posterity a streak of excentricity that still works its magic today.

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