Fri 5 May 2006, The Independent

Ingres, Jean-Auguste-Dominique : Madame Paul-Sigisbert Moitessier, Standing (1851)

By Tom Lubbock
"Schematic" is a critic's rude word. It's something a work of art shouldn't be. "Schematic" and "formulaic" and "diagrammatic" are ways of saying that a work is too neat, too rigid. Schemes and formulas and diagrams - these things may be all right in science. But when it comes to art they're all wrong.
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