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

About Mademoiselle Caroline Riviere

The artwork titled “Mademoiselle Caroline Riviere” is an exquisite oil on canvas painting by the distinguished artist Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, completed in the year 1805. This work is a quintessential example of the Neoclassical art movement, renowned for its portrayal of subjects in a clear, linear style, reminiscent of the arts of antiquity. The dimensions of the artwork are 100 by 70 centimeters, and it skillfully depicts the genre of portraiture. Admirers of this piece can view it in person at the famed Louvre Museum located in Paris, France.

The artwork presents a young woman elegantly posed against a reserved landscape backdrop. She gazes serenely toward the viewer, exuding a demeanor that is both genteel and composed. The subject is dressed in a flowing white Empire-style dress, the ruched sleeves and gossamer fabric speaking to the refined fashion of the early 19th century. She is further adorned with a thick fur stole draped across her arms, a detail adding to her aristocratic bearing, and her gloved hands hold the stole gracefully, one gloved hand lightly overlapping the other.

The artist’s mastery of form and light is evidenced in the delicate rendering of the woman’s facial features, and the softness of her dress. Attention to detail is manifest in the texture of the fur and the careful delineation of the fingers tucked into the gloves. Ingres’ skill in capturing the essence of his subject while remaining true to the Neoclassical emphasis on order and harmony is evident throughout the composition. The crispness of the lines, the purity of the colors, and the poised presentation all contribute to an artwork that is not only a portrait of an individual but also an embodiment of the aesthetic ideals of Ingres’ era.

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