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Twelve Years to Paint! a look at ‘Ingres and Madame Moitessier’

Published on Nov 30, 2022

Chris Riopelle

The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena hosts a free virtual lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 30, titled “Twelve Years to Paint! Ingres and Madame Moitessier,” from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

French Neoclassical painter Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres was commissioned in 1844 to paint the portrait of the beautiful Parisian hostess Inès Moitessier, 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? 

Chris Riopelle, the Neil Westreich Curator of Post 1800 Paintings at the National Gallery in London will speak about that, and more. 

The program will be held on Zoom. 

To register and receive the link, visit

For more information, call (626) 449-6840.

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