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The portrait A single person immortalized forever on canvas At first glance you only see the subject With a more analytical eye though you not only see the image but you begin to hear the voice of the painter and of his time This is what I hope to do to feel and understand the mind of the painter Ingres when he painted Louis-Francois Bertin and Reynolds when he painted General John Burgoyne In the portrait of Bertin Ingres has captured on canvas a man who has never been pampered in his life You feel by looking at him that this is a man who has worked for everything that he has ever received in his life Why do you feel this though Lets begin with the colors chosen for this piece The colors revolve around brown giving you the impression of something very down to earth The background of the painting is basically one solid brown Bertin occupies the whole bottom section of the painting with nothing of his body going above three-fourths of the canvas He is the ground below even the earth tones of the background He has on a black suit brown vest and white shirt as well These colors working together allow you to make certain assumptions about him He looks like a working man which he was Louis-Francois Bertin 1766-1841 was one of the great leaders of the French upper middle class a businessman and a journalist Rosenblum 134 This would explain the one striking color in the piece the red Bertin is sitting on a red cushion red being a color classically associated with royalty This could be a commentary on Bertins life on a whole His journal the Journal des Debats was a strong supporter of liberal journalism in a time when France the monarchs from the self proclaimed Napoleon Bonaparte to King Charles X wanted the return of an absolute monarch in France The
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