Le violon d'Ingres  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Ingres's well-known passion for playing the violin gave to the French language a colloquialism, "violon d'Ingres", meaning a hobby or avocation. The American painter and photographer Man Ray used this expression as the title of a famous photograph portraying Alice Prin (aka Kiki de Montparnasse) in the pose of the Valpinçon Bather.



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