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French painter Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres emerged as a dogged defender of classical painting, a position which during his early career led him into conflict with the art establishment in Paris, which was beginning to favour the emerging Romantic style. Relocating to Rome in 1808 Ingres failed to establish himself as a painter to the level warranted by his considerable talent, regularly staying afloat through the sale of pencilled portraits of tourists. Finally returning to Paris is 1824 the artists saw his fortunes turn as his Vow of Louis XIII won him widespread acclaim and election to the institute. After a brief move to Rome, due to a perceived hostile reception of his work, Ingres triumphantly returned to Paris where he was elected Director of the French Academy. Dying at the grand age of 86 the multi-talented Ingres, who was also a highly skilled violinist, left behind a huge body of work that continues to be celebrated to this day.
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