Painting With The Girls 59
February 28, 2016.
Day 59 (307 days to go)
Jacques Louis David (1748-1825) was the greatest Neoclassical French painter. He was hired by King Louis XVI as court painter to create historical paintings that would inspire patriotism. These were dangerous times in which political views were shifting and the Revolution was about to happen. David was imprisoned for a while and later worked for Napoleon. After Napoleon’s downfall, David left Paris and exiled himself in Brussels, where he died.
The Death of Marat (1793) is David’s best-known painting. Marat was a hero of the Revolution and a close friend of David’s. The painting of Marat’s murder expresses the heart of Neoclassicism and the political turmoil Europe was going through.