INGRES, Jean-Auguste-Dominique
(b. 1780, Montauban, d. 1867, Paris)

Portrait of a Girl

c. 1815
Graphite pencil on paper, 280 x 207 mm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

An affection for this model (probably a relative of Lucien Bonaparte, Napoleon's brother) imbues the artist's line with a natural suppleness and precision. Without striving after psychological insight, Ingres brings out the mix of stiffness and femininity behind his subject's cool gaze.