The Violinist Niccolò Paganiniborrowed from wga.hu
Ingre, who was a French academic painter, is considered, by some, to be the best pencil draftsmen of all time.
An academic painter first creates a preparatory drawing to obtain necessary information for a proposed painting.
Here, Ingre takes extra time to familiarize himself with the typography of the sitter's face by creating a tightly modeled rendering of the head.The delicate modeling of the face is in contrast to the gestural handling of the rest of the figure. Thus, Ingre has controlled the viewer’s eye movement across a composition by the degree of rendering of a particular element.
Self-portrait at age 24, 1804 (revised c. 1850),
oil on canvas, 78 x 61 cm, Musée Condé