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Portrait of Jean-Louis Robin

A work made of graphite, with stumping, on ivory wove paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of graphite, with stumping, on ivory wove paper.


c. 1810


Jean–Auguste–Dominique Ingres
French, 1780–1867

About this artwork

Ingres famously said that “Drawing is everything; it is all of art,” and that “Smoke itself should be expressed by a line.” His celebrated portrait drawings exemplify his devotion to pure line.
Ingres drew his portrait of Jean-Louis Robin, chief physician of the French Hospital in Rome, from the Villa Medici, the site of the French Academy in Rome, where the artist was in residence at the time. In the distance, drawn with technical precision, is Saint Peter’s Basilica.
Using only graphite, with an astonishing economy of means and in the absence of color and modeling, Ingres rendered a personality and a setting as fully realized as in any painted portrait.


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Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres


Portrait of Jean-Louis Robin


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1809–1810


Graphite, with stumping, on ivory wove paper


28.4 × 22.3 cm (11 3/16 × 8 13/16 in.)

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Gift of Emily Crane Chadbourne

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