Jacques-Louis David Paintings Oil Painting Reproductions
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Jacques-Louis David was a French painter who is often considered to be a leader of the Neo-Classical movement in art which took place in the 1780’s. He is often considered one of the most influential painters of his time due to the widespread respect held for paintings of Jacques-Louis David and the many students and apprentices he took on during his career. Born in Paris in 1748 to a wealthy family, David was given the opportunity to study with one of the leading artists of the age, Francois Boucher and later with Joseph Marie Vien. After traveling to Rome with Vien as a young artist, David was hooked on the classical style of art and began to exhibit works that displayed his developing mastery of neoclassical subjects in his own paintings. A supporter of the French Revolution, one of his crowning achievements for historical portraiture occurred after he met Napoleon Bonaparte and was named “first painter” by the emperor. In this position, the paintings of Jacques-Louis David became living monuments to the French emperor and remain the most famous depictions, which are present a physically idealized Bonaparte in glorified scenes exhibiting his subject’s power. His work was also supported by close confidante Maximilien Robespierre. Though most frequently associated with neoclassicism, the oil paintings of Jacques-Louis David also contain elements of influence from other genres such as romanticism and and realism. The culminating result of the mixture of these influences caused a great success in Jacques-Louis David paintings. It was the acclaim stemming from his artistic abilities, as well as the important historical commissions that he received, which caused the popularity of Jacques-Louis David artwork to skyrocket, particularly among the Pro-Revolution set of individuals. The most significant students of David who went on to become well-respected painters who embraced some aspects of David’s paintings were: J.A.D. Ingres, Baron Gros, Antoine Jean, and Pierre Narcisse Guérin. After the resurrection of the monarchy, David was lucky to be allowed to relocate to Brussels where he spent the rest of his life. The paintings of Jacques-Louis David occupy an important position in the era of their creation because they fully depict and express the feeling and mood of the era in which he lived. This quality makes the artwork of Jacques-Louis David a treasure to historical painting due to the wealth of information and emotion that it can express to its viewers. The compositions of these paintings is often seen as severe and the color tones are uninviting to the viewer, but it was through these formal aspects of his art that Jacques-Louis David was truly able to convey the mentality that was present during the era of the French Revolution and beyond. Some of the most important oil paintings of Jacques-Louis David are: The Death of Socrates, The Intervention of the Sabine Woman, Napoleon Crossing the Alps, The Coronation of Napoleon, The Death of Marat, The Oath of the Horatii, Rape of the Sabine Woman, and Leonidas at Thermopylae.