Self-portrait at twenty-four

Self-portrait at twenty-four - Ingres © RMN
1804 - Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres - (Montauban, 1780-Paris, 1867)
Self-portrait at twenty-four - Ingres © RMN

Ingres was twenty-four when he began this Self-portrait; it included many details and the artist was painting the portrait of his friend Gilibert, which can be seen on the canvas. It was badly received at the Salon of 1806; Ingres left it aside, but picked it up again several times. He was in his sixties when he finally felt his work complete. Ingres stripped it down, removing the unnecessary details, choosing a warm tint monochromie of sorts that surround the face, itself highlighted by the whiteness of the shirt.