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Jacques Louis David (August 30, 1748 - December 29, 1825) was a highly influential French painter in the Neoclassical style, considered to be the prominent painter of the era. In the 1780s his cerebral brand of history painting marked a change in taste away from Rococo frivolity toward a classical austerity and severity, chiming with the moral climate of the final years of the ancien regime.

David later became an active supporter of the French Revolution and friend of Maximilien Robespierre, and was effectively a dictator of the arts under the French Republic. Imprisoned after Robespierre's fall from power, he aligned himself with yet another political regime upon his release, that of Napoleon I. It was at this time that he developed his 'Empire style', notable for its use of warm Venetian colours. David had a huge number of pupils, making him the strongest influence in French art of the 19th century, especially academic Salon painting.


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Cupid and Psyche 1817 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Cupid and Psyche 1817
Tennis Court Oath - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Tennis Court Oath
Mars Disarmed by Venus and the Three Graces 1824 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Mars Disarmed by Venus and the Three Graces 1824
Napoleon Crossing the Alps - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Napoleon Crossing the Alps
Death of Marat - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Death of Marat
Andromache Mourning Hector 1783 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Andromache Mourning Hector 1783
Oath of the Horatii - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Oath of the Horatii
Self Portrait - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Self Portrait
The Oath of the Tennis Court 1791 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
The Oath of the Tennis Court 1791
Juliette Recamier - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Juliette Recamier
Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon I and Coronation... - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon I and Coronation...
Male Nude known as Hector - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Male Nude known as Hector
Napoleon Crossing the Alps 2 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Napoleon Crossing the Alps 2
The Death of Socrates - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
The Death of Socrates
Monsieur Seriziat 1795 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Monsieur Seriziat 1795
The Courtship of Paris and Helen - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
The Courtship of Paris and Helen
Male Nude Known As Patroclus - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Male Nude Known As Patroclus
Napoleon in his Study 1812 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Napoleon in his Study 1812
The Death of Marat 1793 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
The Death of Marat 1793
The Combat of Mars and Minerva 1771 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
The Combat of Mars and Minerva 1771
Napoleon at the St. Bernard Pass 1801 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Napoleon at the St. Bernard Pass 1801
Head of the Dead Marat 1793 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Head of the Dead Marat 1793
Cupid and Psyche 2 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Cupid and Psyche 2
Christ on the Cross 2 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Christ on the Cross 2
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