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A conservative classicist working at the advent of industrialization, consumerism, and photography, Ingres felt himself to be out of step with his times. Shelton (art history, Ohio State Univ.; Ingres and His Critics) writes that the art historian's job is not to determine whether Ingres was "a classicist, a realist, or a modernist," but to help us understand Ingres as a product of the "social, political and cultural schizophrenia of the age in which he lived." Shelton traces Ingres's career chronologically, finishing with Ingres's influence on subsequent artists including unlikely candidates such as Man Ray and Cindy Sherman. With 160 color and 20 black-and-white illustrations of both drawings and paintings, this book offers an introduction to Ingres's art in an easy-to-read style. Including a time line, brief biographies of Ingres's contemporaries, and a glossary, this is a good value for public, academic, and specialized libraries.
—Nancy J. Mactague