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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Napoleon Holding Josephine's Crown 1805 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Napoleon Holding Josephine's Crown 1805
Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon I (detail 1) 1805... - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon I (detail 1) 1805...
Portrait of Philippe-Laurent de Joubert c. 1786 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Portrait of Philippe-Laurent de Joubert c. 1786
The Arrival at the Hotel de Ville 1805 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
The Arrival at the Hotel de Ville 1805
Portrait of Count Stanislaw Potocki - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Portrait of Count Stanislaw Potocki
Alexander, Apelles And Campaspe - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Alexander, Apelles And Campaspe
Portrait of Monsieur Lavoisier and His Wife - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Portrait of Monsieur Lavoisier and His Wife
Portrait of Amelia van Buren - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Portrait of Amelia van Buren
Portrait of Emmanuel-Joseph Sieyès 1817 - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Portrait of Emmanuel-Joseph Sieyès 1817
Portrait of Pierre Seriziat - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Portrait of Pierre Seriziat
Portrait of Ingres 1800s - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Portrait of Ingres 1800s
Nude study of Pope Pius VII - Jacques Louis David - www.jacqueslouisdavid.org
Nude study of Pope Pius VII

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