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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Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon I (detail 4) 1805... - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon I (detail 4) 1805...
Portrait of Ramel de Nogaret - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Portrait of Ramel de Nogaret
Portrait of the Artist 1794 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Portrait of the Artist 1794
The Three Horatii Brothers - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
The Three Horatii Brothers
Portrait Of Louise Trudaine - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Portrait Of Louise Trudaine
The Oath of the Horatii (detail 1) 1784 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
The Oath of the Horatii (detail 1) 1784
Woman in a Turban 1794 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Woman in a Turban 1794
Portrait of Marguerite-Charlotte David - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Portrait of Marguerite-Charlotte David
Portrait of Jacobus Blauw 1795 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Portrait of Jacobus Blauw 1795
Study for the Oath of the Horatii, Camilla - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Study for the Oath of the Horatii, Camilla
In his workshop - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
In his workshop
Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon I (detail 3) 1805... - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon I (detail 3) 1805...

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