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 Pope Pius VII - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Portrait of Pope Pius VII
Portrait of Anne-Marie-Louise Thélusson, Comtesse... - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Portrait of Anne-Marie-Louise Thélusson, Comtesse...
The Oath of the Horatii (detail 3) 1784 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
The Oath of the Horatii (detail 3) 1784
Napoleon in his study in the Tuileries Palace, a detail - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Napoleon in his study in the Tuileries Palace, a detail
The Ghost Of Septimus Severus Appearing To Caracalla... - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
The Ghost Of Septimus Severus Appearing To Caracalla...
Portrait Of Mme ReCamier Detail 1800 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Portrait Of Mme ReCamier Detail 1800
Self-Portrait c. 1790 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Self-Portrait c. 1790
Christ on the Cross - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Christ on the Cross
The Death of Marat (detail 1) 1793 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
The Death of Marat (detail 1) 1793
Paris with Juno and Minerva - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Paris with Juno and Minerva
The Farewell of Telemachus and Eucharis - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
The Farewell of Telemachus and Eucharis
Portrait of Philippe-Laurent de Joubert c. 1786 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Portrait of Philippe-Laurent de Joubert c. 1786

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