Jacques-Louis David

French, 1748–1825

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Jacques-Louis David

French, 1748–1825

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The art of Jacques-Louis David is a prime example of Neoclassicism, a style of history painting that flourished in France during the late 18th- and early 19th-centuries. Reacting against the highly ornamented and florid art of the Rococo, David drew upon subjects from ancient European history and Classical civilizations, such as in the Death of Socrates (1787) and Oath of the Horatii (1784). From King Louis XVI’s execution during the French Revolution through the fall of Napoleon’s reign, David painted some of France’s most important historical figures, including royalty, radical revolutionaries (as in Death of Marat (1783)), to Emperor Napoleon himself (as in The Coronation of Napoleon (1805-07). Although David died in exile, his legacy was passed on to generations of artists, including his student Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres.

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and 1 more
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National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and 4 more
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Biography

The art of Jacques-Louis David is a prime example of Neoclassicism, a style of history painting that flourished in France during the late 18th- and early 19th-centuries. Reacting against the highly ornamented and florid art of the Rococo, David drew upon subjects from ancient European history and Classical civilizations, such as in the Death of Socrates (1787) and Oath of the Horatii (1784). From King Louis XVI’s execution during the French Revolution through the fall of Napoleon’s reign, David painted some of France’s most important historical figures, including royalty, radical revolutionaries (as in Death of Marat (1783)), to Emperor Napoleon himself (as in The Coronation of Napoleon (1805-07). Although David died in exile, his legacy was passed on to generations of artists, including his student Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and 1 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and 4 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
frieze, and 1 more
Articles Featuring Jacques-Louis David
8 Famous Artists Who Hid Self-Portraits in Their Paintings
Sep 5th, 2019
200 Years before Kusama’s Infinity Room, Jacques-Louis David Invented the Immersive Installation
Dec 28th, 2018
10 Artists Who Rebelled against the Patrons and Institutions That Supported Their Work
Aug 13th, 2018
How France’s Violent Revolutions Impacted Some of Its Most Important Artists
Jul 13th, 2016
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