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In the collection of European Painting and Sculpture at LACMA.

Gift of The Ahmanson Foundation (M.2006.63)

Framed: 30 3/4 x 26 5/16 x 2 3/4 in. (78.1 x 66.8 x 7 cm)

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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.

Collected by major museums
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, Musée du Louvre, J. Paul Getty Museum, Cleveland Museum of Art
Selected exhibitions
2016
Unfinished: Thoughts Left VisibleThe Metropolitan Museum of Art
2015
Pius VII Faces Napoleon: The Papal Tiara in the Eagle's TalonsChâteau de Fontainebleau
Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts, ParisAmerican Federation of Arts
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Portrait of Jean-Pierre Delahaye, 1815

Oil on panel
24 × 19 1/4 in
61 × 48.9 cm
Location
Los Angeles
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In the collection of European Painting and Sculpture at LACMA.

Gift of The Ahmanson Foundation …

Medium
Image rights
Image provided by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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.

Collected by major museums
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, Musée du Louvre, J. Paul Getty Museum, Cleveland Museum of Art
Selected exhibitions (3)
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