This picture – one of the “premises”, which Ingres, as a student of the French Academy in Rome, sent to the Paris Academy. Its other name is “The Big Bather”.
Before us – the first of the famous nude artist, striking an amazing balance of classical form and realistic details. Smooth, marble-like, the bather’s back forms the central axis of the composition. The heroine’s head turned away from the viewer, hiding her face. The right hand of the bather is slightly bent at the elbow back.
The right leg is positioned so that we can see its sole. The Ingres
Except for the red “spots” on the turban, all the colors in the picture are muffled. Ingres shines its composition with a bright light, which makes the general atmosphere unusually intimate.