Exhibition: Picasso Ingres: Face to Face

This exhibition runs from Sun, 26th Jun 2022 to Sun, 9th Oct 2022. See all dates

This event runs over several days/weeks. Dates include:

Wed,
10th Aug 2022  
(10am - 6pm)
Thu,
11th Aug 2022  
(10am - 6pm)
Fri,
12th Aug 2022  
(10am - 9pm)
Sat,
13th Aug 2022  
(10am - 6pm)
Sun,
14th Aug 2022  
(10am - 6pm)
Mon,
15th Aug 2022  
(10am - 6pm)
Tue,
16th Aug 2022  
(10am - 6pm)

Cost: Free of Charge


For the first time, Picasso’s ‘Woman with a Book’ (1932) from the Norton Simon Museum, California, have been brought together with the painting that inspired it, ‘Madame Moitessier’ by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres.

Picasso first encountered the enigmatic ‘Madame Moitessier’ at an exhibition in Paris, in 1921, and was enthralled. Over the next decade, he repeatedly referenced Ingres in his art, and painted ‘Woman with a Book’, one of his most celebrated portraits, in homage to Ingres’s famous work. For Ingres, a 19th-century French artist steeped in the academic tradition, the beautiful and wealthy Madame Moitessier represented the classical ideal. Wearing her finest clothes and jewellery, she gazes at the viewer majestically, the embodiment of luxury and style during the Second Empire.

Picasso, born 100 years after Ingres, is famous for a very different, abstract, style of art, but his inspiration is clear. The model for ‘Woman with a Book’, Picasso's then young mistress, Marie-Thérèse Walter, mimics Madame Moitessier’s distinct pose. The painting balances sensuality and restraint, striking a chord with the eroticism latent beneath Ingres’s image of bourgeois respectability.

‘Picasso Ingres: Face to Face’ is a unique opportunity to see these two portraits, side by side, for the first time, and to trace the continuous thread between 19th and 20th-century artistic development.

Ian has visited - review here.


Contact and Booking Details

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No need to book tickets - just turn up on the day.


Location

National Gallery,

Trafalgar Square, London,
WC2N 5DN

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