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Twelve Years to Paint! Ingres and Madame Moitessier
Lecture by Chris Riopelle, The Neil Westreich Curator of Post 1800 Paintings, The National Gallery, London
Q&A moderated by Chief Curator Emily Talbot

Ingres was commissioned to paint the portrait of the beautiful Parisian hostess Inès Moitessier in 1844, but he did not complete it until 1856. This lecture looks at the long, repeatedly interrupted, doubt-ridden process by which an iconic image came to be. Almost as long was the 11 years between the time Picasso first saw the painting, in 1921, and his dazzling interpretation of it in "Woman with a Book," executed rapidly and seemingly without hesitation in 1932. What do the paintings tell us about artistic inspiration and how great artists exploit the work of their peers?

This lecture is presented in conjunction with the exhibition, "Picasso Ingres: Face to Face."

Nov 30, 2022 11:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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