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Jacques-Louis David: The Neo-Classical Artist of French Revolution


Jacques Louis David was a famous French painter in the eighteenth and nineteenth century who is all over associated with his canvases of Napoleon. Jacques Louis David was involved within the political structure of France at a time when there was exceptional upheaval and change all through the country.

Early Life:

Jacques Louis David's style and procedures were modified throughout his career in line with the political changes within France, in which he skillfully changed his situation to coordinate.

Against the desires of his family, Jacques chose to take art lessons. His training started with the pro 'Rococo' painter, François Boucher, and later on by Boucher's friend, Joseph-Marie Vien, who introduced David with 'Classicism' at the well-known Académie Royale de Peinture ET de Sculpture. The artist won the Coveted Roman co-operation prize, the Prix de Rome, in 1774, after three failed attempts, and learned at the French Academy, Rome, until 1779.

During his visit to Italy, Jacques-Louis had the opportunity to see the Ancient Italian and Neo-traditional masterpieces of paintings, including the vestiges of Pompeii that totally turned him to classicism.

Famous Artworks:

Popular Louis David oil paintings Lille Andromache grieves Hector, Portrait of Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier and his better-half, The Death of Socrates, Belisarius, and The Lictors Bring to Brutus the Bodies of His Sons, Portrait of Anne-Marie-Louise Thelusson, The Death of Marat, Portrait of Madame de Verninac, Madame Recamier, Portrait of Pope Pius VII, The Coronation of Napoleon, Napoleon in His Study, Marguerite-Charlotte David, Leonidas at Thermopylae, Etienne-Maurice Gerard, The Comtesse Vilain XIIII and Her Daughter, Cupid, and Psyche.

Final Year and Death:

Jacques Louis David will long be remembered and much cherished. Anyone studying French politics will surely come across his works in detail at some point, and it is also worth checking out in its own right. On December 29, 1825, he was killed in a road accident when a carriage struck him. David was buried at Evere Cemetery, Brussels, as he was denied a burial in France on the allegation of regicide.