Virtual: Twelve Years to Paint! Ingres and Madame Moitessier
- 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
- Chris Riopelle, The Neil Westreich Curator of Post 1800 Paintings, The National Gallery, London
Ingres was commissioned to paint the portrait of the beautiful Parisian hostess Inès Moitessier in 1844, but he did not complete it until 1856. This lecture looks at the long, repeatedly interrupted, doubt-ridden process by which an iconic image came to be. Almost as long was the 11 years between the time Picasso first saw the painting, in 1921, and his dazzling interpretation of it in Woman with a Book, executed rapidly and seemingly without hesitation in 1932. What do the paintings tell us about artistic inspiration and how great artists exploit the work of their peers?
- This program is held over Zoom. Registration is required.
This lecture traces the development of Pablo Picasso’s 1932 painting Woman with a Book, at once a spirited homage to Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’s Madame Moitessier of 1856 and a bold and vivid interpretation of the artist’s young lover Marie-Thérèse Walter. Picasso painted it in just a day or two, but it was the product of a much longer rumination on the French artist’s portrait, which Picasso had seen in person only once, at the great Ingres exhibition in Paris in 1921. This period of gestation, spread out over many canvases with disparate themes, offers a fascinating parallel with Ingres’s own famously lengthy procedures. MORE INFO