“A portrait of a woman! Nothing in the world is more difficult, it can’t be done … It’s enough to make one weep.”
~ Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres
Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres was trained by his father as a painter, sculptor and violinist. As a child, he focused on his musical talent, but later he turned to painting and studied under Jacques-Louis Daid.
He was popular in Paris as a portrait painter. His great skill was in employing flat, linear style to represent his sitters' personalities - while still depicting them as beautifully as possible.
Comtesse d'Haussonville, despite her demure appearance here, was an outspoken liberal, author and intellectual. This elegant portrait remains one of the most iconic images in art.
It is at the Frick Collection in New York City.