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Jacques Louis David Self Portrait
French, 1748 – 1825

The Masterpieces of Neoclassical Genius

Jacques-Louis David (1748–1825) was a prominent French painter known for his influential role in the Neoclassical movement. His works, characterized by their clarity, austerity, and emphasis on classical themes, often conveyed political messages aligned with the French Revolution and later, Napoleon Bonaparte. Key paintings such as “The Death of Marat,” “Oath of the Horatii,” and “Napoleon Crossing the Alps” exemplify his mastery of dramatic composition and historical narrative. David’s artistic vision and political engagement made him a central figure in shaping the visual culture of his time, leaving a lasting impact on the development of Western art.

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