The Bather, known as the Valpinçon Bather  1808

by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

This work featuring a bathing woman is generally known by the name of one of its nineteenth-century owners. It was one of the works Ingres sent to Paris in 1808 when he was studying at the French Academy in Rome. This early work is a masterpiece of harmonious lines and delicate light. The woman's superb nude back left a deep impression on the artist; he returned to it in s...
Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Related Products


Product image
Product image
Product image
Product image
Product image
  • american express
  • apple pay
  • google pay
  • mastercard
  • paypal
  • visa



  1. This beautiful work inspired Man Ray to capture the phrase "[link='ingres-ingres's-violin-american-1924/]Le Violon d'Ingres (Ingres's Violin)[/link]" in his work featuring Kiki de Montparnasse. The phrase refers to a person who is known for one talent but is, more than a hobby, exceptional at another unrelated talent, in this case [link=]Ingres and his violin[/link], having played second violin in the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse when he was thirteen to sixteen. Many describe Le Violon d'Ingres as a visual pun, depicting his muse, Kiki, as Ray's [i]violon d'Ingres[/i].