Jacques Louis David, paintings and biography

  • Year of birth: August 30, 1748
  • Date of death: December 29, 1825
  • A country: France


Jacques Louis David - famous French artist. Born in the family of a wealthy merchant on August 30, 1748. At an early age was left without a father, so the mother and her closest relatives were involved in raising the boy. Already in early childhood, the boy is fond of drawing. In 1766 he entered the prestigious Academy of Painting and Art. His teacher becomes very famous for those times, the master of ancient art Joseph Marie Vien. He highly appreciated and believed in Jacques Louis as a true 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 is engaged in a deep study of antiquity, and is seriously interested in the masters of the Renaissance in the Academy, which is already traced in his paintings.
In 1782, he meets his first and last love Charlotte Pekul. They lived in marriage until the very last days of their lives. They had four children.
1784 for David becomes significant, he becomes a member of the Academy of Painting. His dream came true. In the same year he exhibits his paintings and gets his first fans.
The revolutionary movement of the time and captures the young artist. Since 1792, he has been very active in all liberation movements. His political mood can be seen in the paintings written in that period. After the Thermidor coup, Jacques Louis, along with all the participants, was arrested and imprisoned. The whole family was very worried about him. But soon he was acquitted, and he was released.
Napoleon comes to power. Jacques-Louis becomes his supporter, and later the personal and sole artist of Bonaparte. After the fall of the Napoleonic Empire, David runs with his family to Switzerland, and from there goes to Brussels. There he continues to work on a series of magnificent portraits. The portrait genre of the artist was not particularly attractive, although it was thanks to this genre that he gained fame. Although absolutely all his paintings are vital and beautiful.
December 29, 1804, Jacques Louis died at his home in Brussels. He was buried in Brussels in the cemetery of St. Gudula.

Paintings by Jacques Louis David

Oath of the Horatii
Death of Socrates
Sappho and Phaon
Andromache lamenting Hector
Portrait of Lavoisier with his wife
Death of Marat
Napoleon on the Saint Bernard Pass
Napoleon's coronation
Portrait of Madame Recamier
Liktory Brutus bring the bodies of sons
Love of Paris and Helena

Watch the video: Jacques Louis David (February 2020).