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Lifespan: 1748 - 1825
Nationality: French painter
Gender: male
Collection: 55 paintings

Jacques-Louis David was a French painter who is often considered to be a leader of the Neo-Classical movement in art which took place in the 1780’s. He is often considered one of the most influential painters of his time due to the widespread respect held for paintings of Jacques-Louis David and the many students and apprentices he took on during his career. Born in Paris in 1748 to a wealthy family, David was given the opportunity to study with one of the leading artists of the age, Francois Boucher and later with Joseph Marie Vien. After traveling to Rome with Vien as a young artist, David was hooked on the classical style of art and began to exhibit works that displayed his developing mastery of neoclassical subjects in his own paintings. A supporter of the French Revolution, one of his crowning achievements for historical portraiture occurred after he met Napoleon Bonaparte and was named “first painter” by the emperor. In this position, the paintings of Jacques-Louis David became living monuments to the French emperor and remain the most famous depictions, which are present a physically idealized Bonaparte in glorified scenes exhibiting his subject’s power. His work was also supported by close confidante Maximilien Robespierre. Though most frequently associated with neoclassicism, the oil paintings of Jacques-Louis David also contain elements of influence from other genres such as romanticism and and realism. The culminating result of the mixture of these influences caused a great success in Jacques-Louis David paintings. It was the acclaim stemming from his artistic abilities, as well as the important historical commissions that he received, which caused the popularity of Jacques-Louis David artwork to skyrocket, particularly among the Pro-Revolution set of individuals. The most significant students of David who went on to become well-respected painters who embraced some aspects of David’s paintings were: J.A.D. Ingres, Baron Gros, Antoine Jean, and Pierre Narcisse Guérin. After the resurrection of the monarchy, David was lucky to be allowed to relocate to Brussels where he spent the rest of his life. The paintings of Jacques-Louis David occupy an important position in the era of their creation because they fully depict and express the feeling and mood of the era in which he lived. This quality makes the artwork of Jacques-Louis David a treasure to historical painting due to the wealth of information and emotion that it can express to its viewers. The compositions of these paintings is often seen as severe and the color tones are uninviting to the viewer, but it was through these formal aspects of his art that Jacques-Louis David was truly able to convey the mentality that was present during the era of the French Revolution and beyond. Some of the most important oil paintings of Jacques-Louis David are: The Death of Socrates, The Intervention of the Sabine Woman, Napoleon Crossing the Alps, The Coronation of Napoleon, The Death of Marat, The Oath of the Horatii, Rape of the Sabine Woman, and Leonidas at Thermopylae.


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Andromache Mourning Hector 1783 Paintings | Jacques-Louis David paintings

Andromache Mourning Hector 1783

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Antiochus And Stratonice 1774 Paintings | Jacques-Louis David paintings

Antiochus And Stratonice 1774

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Antoine Laurent Lavoisier and His Wife Paintings | Jacques Louis David paintings

Antoine Laurent Lavoisier and His Wife

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Belisaire Demandant Laumone 1781 Paintings | Jacques-Louis David paintings

Belisaire Demandant Laumone 1781

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Bonaparte Crossing The St Bernard Pass 1800 Paintings | Jacques-Louis David paintings

Bonaparte Crossing The St Bernard Pass 1800

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Consecration Of The Emperor Napoleon I And Coronation Of The Empress Josephine in Paintings | Jacques-Louis David paintings

Consecration Of The Emperor Napoleon I And Coronation Of The Empress Josephine in

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Death Of Marat 1793 Paintings | Jacques-Louis David paintings

Death Of Marat 1793

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Gaspard Mayer Paintings | Jacques Louis David paintings

Gaspard Mayer

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General ienne Maurice Gard Paintings | Jacques Louis David paintings

General ienne Maurice Gard

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Leonidas At Thermopylae 1814 Paintings | Jacques-Louis David paintings

Leonidas At Thermopylae 1814

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Leonidas At Thermopylae Detail 1814 Paintings | Jacques-Louis David paintings

Leonidas At Thermopylae Detail 1814

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Napoleon I in His Imperial Robes Paintings | Jacques Louis David paintings

Napoleon I in His Imperial Robes

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Napoleon In His Study 1812 Paintings | Jacques-Louis David paintings

Napoleon In His Study 1812

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Portrait Of Antoine Laurent And Marie Anne Lavoisier 1788 Paintings | Jacques-Louis David paintings

Portrait Of Antoine Laurent And Marie Anne Lavoisier 1788

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Portrait Of Charles Pierre PeCoul Contractor Of Royal Buildings Paintings | Jacques-Louis David paintings

Portrait Of Charles Pierre PeCoul Contractor Of Royal Buildings

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Portrait Of Charlotte And ZeNaide Bonaparte 1821 Paintings | Jacques-Louis David paintings

Portrait Of Charlotte And ZeNaide Bonaparte 1821

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Portrait Of Count Stanislas Potocki 1780 Paintings | Jacques-Louis David paintings

Portrait Of Count Stanislas Potocki 1780

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Portrait Of Countess Daru 1810 Paintings | Jacques-Louis David paintings

Portrait Of Countess Daru 1810

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Portrait Of Doctor Alphonse Leroy 1783 Paintings | Jacques-Louis David paintings

Portrait Of Doctor Alphonse Leroy 1783

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Portrait Of Emilie SeRiziat And Her Son 1795 Paintings | Jacques-Louis David paintings

Portrait Of Emilie SeRiziat And Her Son 1795

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Portrait Of Gaspar Mayer 1795 Paintings | Jacques-Louis David paintings

Portrait Of Gaspar Mayer 1795

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Portrait Of Jacobus Blauw 1795 Paintings | Jacques-Louis David paintings

Portrait Of Jacobus Blauw 1795

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Portrait Of Lazre Hoche 1793 Paintings | Jacques-Louis David paintings

Portrait Of Lazre Hoche 1793

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Portrait Of Madame Charles Louis Trudaine Paintings | Jacques-Louis David paintings

Portrait Of Madame Charles Louis Trudaine

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Portrait Of Madame De Verninac Nee Henriette Delacroix Sister Paintings | Jacques-Louis David paintings

Portrait Of Madame De Verninac Nee Henriette Delacroix Sister

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