Madame Duvaucey, 1807
Oil on canvas, 29.92 x 23.23 inches [76 x 59 cm]
Musee Conde, Chantilly
Ingres's genius lies in the relationships of women to the garments that clothe them and the fabrics and accessories that surround them -''Madame Duvaucey''. In portraits and in 'orlentalist' scenes alike, Ingres conveys the pleasure of seeing, through the female body and its ornamentation. It is precisely these images by Ingres that have attracted so much hostile and irritated comment from a wide range of critics.