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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Napoleon Crossing the Alps 2 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Napoleon Crossing the Alps 2
Monsieur Seriziat 1795 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Monsieur Seriziat 1795
Male Nude known as Hector - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Male Nude known as Hector
Male Nude Known As Patroclus - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Male Nude Known As Patroclus
The Courtship of Paris and Helen - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
The Courtship of Paris and Helen
Napoleon in his Study 1812 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Napoleon in his Study 1812
The Combat of Mars and Minerva 1771 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
The Combat of Mars and Minerva 1771
The Death of Marat 1793 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
The Death of Marat 1793
Napoleon at the St. Bernard Pass 1801 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Napoleon at the St. Bernard Pass 1801
The Lictors Bring to Brutus the Bodies of His Sons... - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
The Lictors Bring to Brutus the Bodies of His Sons...
The Intervention of the Sabine Women - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
The Intervention of the Sabine Women
Belisarius Receiving Alms 1781 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Belisarius Receiving Alms 1781

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