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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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
Marie Antoinette On The Way To The Guillotine 1793 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Marie Antoinette On The Way To The Guillotine 1793
Leonidas at Thermopylae 1814 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Leonidas at Thermopylae 1814
Study for the Distribution of the Eagle Standards 1808 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Study for the Distribution of the Eagle Standards 1808
Christ on the Cross 2 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Christ on the Cross 2
Portrait of Madame Seriziat 1795 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Portrait of Madame Seriziat 1795
Madame Raymond de Verninac 1798-99 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Madame Raymond de Verninac 1798-99
The Death Of Bara 1794 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
The Death Of Bara 1794
The Intervention of the Sabine Women (detail 2) 1799 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
The Intervention of the Sabine Women (detail 2) 1799
The Lictors Returning to Brutus the Bodies of his Sons... - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
The Lictors Returning to Brutus the Bodies of his Sons...
Portrait Of A Young Woman In A Turban - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Portrait Of A Young Woman In A Turban

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