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 Oath of the Horatii (detail 2) 1784 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
The Oath of the Horatii (detail 2) 1784
Portrait of Marie-Françoise Buron c. 1769 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Portrait of Marie-Françoise Buron c. 1769
Self Portrait I - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Self Portrait I
Portrait of Emilie Sériziat and her Son 1795 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Portrait of Emilie Sériziat and her Son 1795
Leonidas At Thermopylae Detail 1814 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Leonidas At Thermopylae Detail 1814
The death of marat 2 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
The death of marat 2
Portrait of Doctor Alphonse Leroy 1783 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Portrait of Doctor Alphonse Leroy 1783
Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon I (detail 2) 1805... - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon I (detail 2) 1805...
Portrait of the Comtesse Vilain XIIII and her Daughter... - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Portrait of the Comtesse Vilain XIIII and her Daughter...
Study After Michelangelo 1790 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Study After Michelangelo 1790
The Three Horatii Brothers 1785 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
The Three Horatii Brothers 1785
Portrait of Jacques-François Desmaisons - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Portrait of Jacques-François Desmaisons

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