I made this drawing after Ingres’s portrait of his wife. One finds quite a bit of distortion in Ingres’s images, and his portrait of his wife, though it seems so “realistic,” is no exception. Her arms are very strange. One hand folds under her arm and morphs into the most amazing shape. And the arm she leans on is very hefty. And these qualities must have really captivated me because I exaggerated them further though not intentionally. I was trying to make a faithful copy. I was completely caught up in the image. I let proportion fly out the window — which is a good thing to do sometimes. What the heck. Just let yourself go.
As a consequence, I’d advise you not to mess with my Mrs. Ingres. She’s got a wicked right hook. Believe me. She may look sweet, but don’t cross her.
[Top of the post: Drawing after Ingres’s portrait of his wife, Delphine Ramel, 1859, by Aletha Kuschan]