Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (French, Montauban 1780–1867 Paris)
Graphite on wove paper
Sheet: 13 7/16 x 10 1/4 in. (34.2 x 26 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 2012
Not on view
Ingres’s characteristic distortion of anatomy is evident, as the impossibly long arms and extreme downward slope of Mme Bertin’s shoulders defy proportion. Her face, framed by glossy sausage-shaped ringlets, bears a soft, friendly expression, testifying to the Bertin family’s close relationship with the artist.
Signature: Signed and dedicated at lower left: Ingres Del. / à Monsieur Armand Bertin / 1843.
The sitter's husband, Armand Bertin (French), Paris, until his death, 1854; his daughter Mme Jules Bapst, née Sophie Bertin (French), Paris, until her death, 1893; her daughter, Mme Georges Patinot, née Cécile Bapst (French), Paris, until her death, 1917; her daughter, Mlle Suzanne Patinot (French), Paris, until her death, 1969; M. and Mme Jean-Claude Delafon, Paris (French); Marc Blondeau, Paris, until 1988; sold to Wrightsman; Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, New York, from 1988; Donor: Jayne Wrightsman
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