Hall Napoléon
24 February 2006 - 15 may 2006

Featuring 80 paintings and 104 drawings, this retrospective covers the full scope of Ingres's artistic career. Ingres first rose to celebrity as David's most accomplished student. Later, he was identified as Delacroix's fierce antagonist. Following his death, his fame survived through his influence on the Symbolists, Degas, Renoir, and, closer to our times, Picasso and Matisse.

Recent studies have finally made it possible to appreciate Ingres's oeuvre for itself. One of the most original and creative artists of his period, Ingres broke all established rules and opened up new paths in art by fusing the realist and idealist styles.