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La Grande Baigneuse Analysis La Grande Baigneuse, or also known as The Valpinçon Bather, is a permanent oil on the canvas painting located on second floor of the Louvre museum. Painted by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres in 1808, La Grande Baigneuse captures the artist’s veneration for the female body with tight, smooth brushwork to capture the realism of the model’s skin. The work is specifically situated in Salle 60- Ingres in between relatively smaller Ingres’ Charles Cordier and Edme Bouchet portraits, which were both completed in 1811. The same model depicted in La Grande Baigneuse can also be found right across the room in Ingres’s Le Bain Turc, also known as The Turkish Bath. The brightness of the room was all controlled by artificial light rather than some natural sunlight from outside, such as the case with the neoclassical room. Furthermore, although the model in the piece is unidentifiable because her back is turned towards the viewer, she clearly just finished taking a bath. In order for the viewer to appreciate the sensuality of Ingres’ female bather, the viewer must understand the palette, view and lighting, 3-D effects, composition, subject and style of this genre painting. The palette utilized for the work exemplifies female sexuality through the cool colors in the room. The cool pristine local color of white on her gives the impression of a soft, supple skin. In addition, adding white to the pure hue on the bather’s body creates an illusion of delicate, smooth light reflecting off of her skin. The tone is lighter starting from the head and gradually gets darker past the torso into her feet. Along with cool tones, the red sandals and red designs on her turban compliment the murky green metallic drapes and light green floor. Noticeably, the left side of the painting has strong dark tones contrasting…...

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