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Jacques Louis David, paintings and biography

Jacques Louis David, paintings and biography

Jacques Louis David - famous French artist. In 1766 he entered the prestigious Academy of Painting and Art. Joseph Marie Vienne, a very famous master of ancient art, becomes his teacher. He highly appreciated and believed in Jacques Louis, as a real artist. Vienne's pedagogical methods were based on a detailed study of ancient art, as well as the works of famous artists such as Michelangelo, Raphael, etc.

The years 1775-1780 are engaged in a deep study of antiquity, he is seriously interested in masters of the Renaissance at the Academy, which can already be seen in his paintings.

In 1782, he meets his first and last love, Charlotte Pecul. They lived in marriage until the very last days of their lives. They had four children.

1784 becomes a significant year for David; he becomes a member of the Academy of Painting. His dream came true. In the same year, he exhibited his paintings and acquired his first fans.

The revolutionary movement of that time captures the young artist. Since 1792, he has been very active in all liberation movements. His political mood can be seen in the paintings painted in that period. After the Thermidorian coup, Jacques Louis, together with all the participants, was arrested and imprisoned. The whole family was very worried about him. But he was soon acquitted, and he was released.

Napoleon comes to power. Jacques Louis becomes his supporter, and later Bonaparte's personal and sole artist. After the fall of the Napoleonic empire, David flees to Switzerland with his family, and from there goes to Brussels. There he continues to work on a series of magnificent portraits. The artist’s portrait genre was not particularly attractive, although it was thanks to this genre that he gained fame. Although absolutely all of his paintings are vital and beautiful.

On December 29, 1804, Jacques Louis died at his home in Brussels. He was buried in Brussels in the cemetery of St. Gudula.


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