Mademoiselle Caroline Riviere (1806) by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

Mademoiselle Caroline Riviere - Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres - 1805

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TitleMademoiselle Caroline Riviere
ArtistJean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions100 x 70 cm
Art MovementNeoclassicism
Current LocationLouvre, Paris, France
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About Mademoiselle Caroline Riviere

Mademoiselle Caroline Riviere is a portrait painting created by the French Neoclassical artist Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres in 1806. It is the third of three portraits of the Rivière family that Ingres painted that year and is one of his most admired works. Featuring a reclining Madame Philibert Rivière, wife of a high-ranking government official in the Napoleonic Empire, Ingres framed the scene within an oval, with the sitter’s left arm resting on a velvet cushion. Irrespective of her gaze which obliquely meets our own, she exudes an air of thoughtfulness and contemplation.

Hanging in the Louvre today, Mademoiselle Caroline Riviere remains one of Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres’s most esteemed portrait paintings. It paved the way for subsequent portrait paintings such as Louise De Broglie, Countesse D’Haussonville which was painted by Ingres in 1845. Richly painted and elegantly composed, this painting features a very well dressed upper-class woman with many lovely details to explore. In Louise de Broglie’s expression there are deeper stories to be told – testament to Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres’ ability to capture his models’ movements through composition and pose.

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