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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Venitienne A Sa Toilette (Venetian Lady at Her Toilette) - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Venitienne A Sa Toilette (Venetian Lady at Her Toilette)
Anointing of Napoleon I and Coronation of the Empress... - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Anointing of Napoleon I and Coronation of the Empress...
The Oath of the Horatii 1784 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
The Oath of the Horatii 1784
The Intervention of the Sabine Women (detail 1) 1799 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
The Intervention of the Sabine Women (detail 1) 1799
Leonidas at Thermopylae (detail) 1814 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Leonidas at Thermopylae (detail) 1814
The Death of Seneca - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
The Death of Seneca
The head of a bearded man after a Roman bust - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
The head of a bearded man after a Roman bust
Portrait of Charlotte David (Madame David) 1813 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Portrait of Charlotte David (Madame David) 1813
Lictors Bringing Brutus the Bodies of His Sons - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Lictors Bringing Brutus the Bodies of His Sons
The Funeral of Patroclus - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
The Funeral of Patroclus
Portrait of Antoine-Laurent and Marie-Anne Lavoisier... - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Portrait of Antoine-Laurent and Marie-Anne Lavoisier...
Napolean Bonaparte crossing the Alps by the Great Saint... - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Napolean Bonaparte crossing the Alps by the Great Saint...

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