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Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres – price record – Jacob Samuel – Biography

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres – ( 29 August 1780 – 14 January 1867) was a French Neoclassical painter.

Although he considered himself to be a painter of history in the tradition of Nicolas Poussin and Jacques-Louis David, by the end of his life it was Ingres’s portraits, both painted and drawn, that were recognized as his greatest legacy.

Ingres, was born in Montauban, Tarn-et-Garonne, France, the first of seven children (five of whom survived infancy) of Jean-Marie-Joseph Ingres (1755-1814) and his wife Anne Moulet (1758-1817). His father was a successful jack-of-all-trades in the arts, a painter of miniatures, sculptor, decorative stonemason, and amateur musician; his mother was the nearly illiterate daughter of a master wigmaker. From his father the young Ingres received early encouragement and instruction in drawing and music, and his first known drawing, a study after an antique cast, was made in 1789. Starting in 1786 he attended the local school, Ecole des Freres de l’Education Chretienne, but his education was disrupted by the turmoil of the French Revolution, and the closing of the school in 1791 marked the end of his conventional education. The deficiency of his schooling would always remain for him a source of insecurity.

In 1791, Joseph Ingres took his son to Toulouse, where the young Jean Auguste Dominique was enrolled in the Academie Royale de Peinture, Sculpture et Architecture. There he studied under the sculptor Jean-Pierre Vigan, the landscape painter Jean Briant, and-most importantly-the painter Joseph Roques, who imparted to the young artist his veneration of Raphael. Ingres’s musical talent was further developed under the tutelage of the violinist Lejeune. From the ages of thirteen to sixteen he was second violinist in the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, and he would continue to play the violin as an avocation for the rest of his life.


Don Pedro of Toledo kissing the Sword of Henri IV (1820)



Technique: Oil/panel,
Size: 48 cm x 40.0 cm
Hammer price: $826,000

The Virgin with the Crown (1859)


Technique: Oil/panel
Size: 69.9 cm x 50.8 cm
Hammer price: $820,000

The Virgin with the Host (1860)


Technique: Oil/canvas
Size: 60 cm x 46.0 cm
Hammer price: $800,000

Aretino and the Envoy of Charles V (1848)


Technique: Oil/canvas
Size: 41.5 cm x 32.5 cm
Hammer price: $599,940

Study for “Sleeper”

Ingre, A Sleeping Odalisque; Etude d'après la Dormeuse de Naples


Size:22 cm x 36.5 cm
Hammer price: $482,720


Pierre-Auguste Renoir price record – Jacob Samuel – Biography

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841–1919) An innovative artist, Pierre-Auguste Renoir was born on February 25, 1841, in Limoges, France. He started out as an apprentice to a porcelain painter and studied drawing in his free time. He was a French artist who was a leading painter in the development of the Imperssionist style. As a celebrator of beauty, and especially feminine sensuality, it has been said that “Renoir is the final representative of a tradition which runs directly from Rubens to Watteau.”

Renoir’s paintings are notable for their vibrant light and saturated colour, most often focusing on people in intimate and candid compositions. The female nude was one of his primary subjects. In characteristic Impressionist style, Renoir suggested the details of a scene through freely brushed touches of colour, so that his figures softly fuse with one another and their surroundings.


Au Moulin de la Galette  (1876)

Size: 30 3/4 in x 44 7/8 in
Technique: Oil on Canavs
Hammer price: $71,000,000
Dans les roses (Madame Leon Clapisoon) (1882)

Size: Oil/canvas, 39 1/4 in x 32 in
Technique: Oil on canvas
Hammer price: $21,000,000
Baigneuse (1888)

Oil/canvas: 25 5/8 in x 21 1/2 in
Technique: Oil on canvas
Hammer price: $19,000,000
Jeune fille au chat
(No photo available)
Size: 38 3/4 in x 32 1/4 in
Technique: Oil on canvas
Hammer price: $16,500,000
La tasse de chocolat (c.1878)

Size: 39 3/8 in x 31 7/8 in
Technique: Oil on canvas
Hammer price: $16,398,690

Walter Dexel Biography – Jacob Samuel

Walter Dexel (8 Feb 1890 – 8 June 1973) was an artist, designer, advertiser and Dr. of art history. Dexel is a prominent artist  in the Constructivism (Russian avant-garde that began in 1914) movement and in “concrete” style of painting.

Dexel painted his first painting at 1913 during a trip to Italy. Dexel was an autodidact, this way Dexel obtained most of his artistic abilities. Dexel studied art history with Heinrich Wölfflin and Fritz Burger for four years (1910-1914) in Munich . During this period he also studied painting. Dexel graduated in 1916 and received his doctorate at 1919. He was influenced by many artists and artistic movements of his time such as Cézanne and later by Cubism and Expressionism.

The first paintings in his solo exhibition were painted in a cubist style, he studied during this period the work of the Bauhaus artist Lionel Finingr, through him Dexel started painting using compositions that are based on simple geometric elements. In 1918, after the war, Dexel became the head of exhibitions in Jena, where he organized exhibitions with contemporary artists.

Dexel began in 1920 to paint in the  “Constructivism” style later Dexel started to paint in abstract style. In 1923, Walter Dexel joined with his friend Kurt Schwitters, the Da-daist, to the “November” group. Dexel was also a gifted advertiser so he joined in 1928 to the “new graphic artists cycle”.
Dexel wasn’t only a painter, he worked at advertising, interior design and decor stages. Dexel was socially involved and interested in the problems of modern life and even published a book with the title “The House today.”

From 1928 to 1935 Dexel lectured on graphic design, but the Nazis dismissed him from this position. More over his works were vilified by the Nazis. These events made dexel to forsake his artistic life, he will return to draw only in the end of his life.After the war, Dexel became interested in the “domestic consumption” history. During 1942 to 1955, he assembled the “Historical collection of forms” and published several books on “forms”.
A Retrospective exhibition in Berlin were held in 1961, the exhibition caused Dexel to renew his interest in art and he returned to paint.
Dexel died in 1973 at the age of 83.