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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Portrait of Countess Daru 1810 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Portrait of Countess Daru 1810
The Empress Josephine Kneeling With Mme De La Rochefoucauld... - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
The Empress Josephine Kneeling With Mme De La Rochefoucauld...
Portrait of Madame Adelaide Pastoret 1791-92 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Portrait of Madame Adelaide Pastoret 1791-92
Sketch Of A Triumphal Procession, And A Study For The... - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Sketch Of A Triumphal Procession, And A Study For The...
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...
Anne-Marie-Louise Thélusson, Comtesse de Sorcy 1790 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Anne-Marie-Louise Thélusson, Comtesse de Sorcy 1790
Antiochus and Stratonice - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Antiochus and Stratonice
Madame Recamier - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Madame Recamier
Death of Socrates - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Death of Socrates
St Roch Asking the Virgin Mary to Heal Victims of the... - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
St Roch Asking the Virgin Mary to Heal Victims of the...
Bonaparte (unfinished) 1798, - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Bonaparte (unfinished) 1798,
Portrait of Napoleon in imperial garb - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Portrait of Napoleon in imperial garb

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