Jacques-Louis David

France / 1748 - 1825 / wikipedia
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Jacques-Louis David was a French painter in the neoclassical style, considered to be the preeminent painter of that 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, heightened feeling harmonizing with the moral climate in the final years of the Ancien Régime.

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, the First Consul of France. At this time he developed his Empire style, notable for its use of warm Venetian colors. After Napoleon's fall from Imperial power and the Bourbon revival, David exiled himself to Brussels, then in the United Kingdom of the Netherlands, where he remained until his death. David had a large number of pupils, making him the strongest influence in French art of the early nineteenth century, especially academic Salon painting.
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