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 Courtship of Paris and Helen [detail: 1] - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
The Courtship of Paris and Helen [detail: 1]
Allegory Of The French People Offering The Crown And... - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Allegory Of The French People Offering The Crown And...
Mars Disarmed by Venus and the Three Graces (detail)... - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Mars Disarmed by Venus and the Three Graces (detail)...
The Rape of Lucretia - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
The Rape of Lucretia
Portrait of General Bonaparte 1797 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Portrait of General Bonaparte 1797
Bonaparte, Calm on a Fiery Steed, Crossing the Alps... - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Bonaparte, Calm on a Fiery Steed, Crossing the Alps...
Sappho and Phaon 1809 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Sappho and Phaon 1809
The Death Of Marat  (detail 2) 1793 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
The Death Of Marat (detail 2) 1793
Madame Trudaine c. 1792 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Madame Trudaine c. 1792
Deputies swearing oaths 1791 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Deputies swearing oaths 1791
The Loves of Paris and Helen 1788 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
The Loves of Paris and Helen 1788
Louis XVI Showing The Constitution To His Son The Dauphin... - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Louis XVI Showing The Constitution To His Son The Dauphin...

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