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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The Fortune Teller - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
The Fortune Teller
Portrait of Amelia van Buren - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Portrait of Amelia van Buren
Minerva 1776-77 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Minerva 1776-77
Distribution of the eagle - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Distribution of the eagle
Alexander, Apelles And Campaspe - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Alexander, Apelles And Campaspe
The English Government - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
The English Government
Nude study of Pope Pius VII - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Nude study of Pope Pius VII
Jacobus Blauw 1795 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Jacobus Blauw 1795
Portrait of the Count de Turenne 1816 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Portrait of the Count de Turenne 1816
Portrait of Alphonse Leroy 1783 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Portrait of Alphonse Leroy 1783
The Empress Josephine Kneeling - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
The Empress Josephine Kneeling
The Oath of the Horatii (detail 2) 1784 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
The Oath of the Horatii (detail 2) 1784

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