Vicomtess Othenin d' Haussonville, nee Louise-Albertine de Broglie, 1845
Oil on canvas, 51.89 x 36.22 inches [131.8 x 92 cm]
Frick Collection, New York
Never was there completer absence of "manner", forgetfulenss of set purpose, of systematic or poetical effort, never did a painter give himself up more fully to realism, or submit more absoultely to his model, to the object before him, than Ingres. No painting brings home to us more clearly the expression of something definite unless it be those little portrait sketches drawn by Ingres again in the days of his poverty and sold at twenty francs each, and which are now famous as the "Ingres crayons". The finest are to be seen at the Louvre and in the Bonnat Collection at Paris and Bayonne.