Top 10 – Monochrome: Works of Art in Black and White



9. Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres – Idalisque in Grisaille, 1824-34

Top 10 monochrome Ingres

In this 1824-34 work, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780-1867) reworks his celebrated Grande Odalisque of 1814 – a work that was central to the artist’s conception of ideal beauty. Working in a reduced black and white palette, Ingres also simplified and reduced the scale of the original composition. He removed the’oriental’ details and placed the figure against a flat black background which allows greater emphasis on the body itself.

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