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Jacques Louis David

Updated on August 29, 2012

Self - Portrait


Jacques-Louis David 0f the Neo-Classical Era

Modern Master: 8.30.1748 - 12.29.1825

Jacques Louis David was a well accomplished modern master. Jacques's mother had left him with his rich architect uncles after his father was stabbed and killed. Jacques was a painter of the Neoclassical style and an etcher. He received an excellent education at the Collège des Quatre-Nations, but was hardly focused due to him being distracted by drawing. Against his mother's will, David wanted to be a painter and not an architect. His first teacher was François Boucher (1703–1770), who was a distant relative who was popular during the time. His second teacher was Joseph-Marie Vien (1716–1809), a vibrant painter who embraced the classical reaction to Rococo. Next David attended the Royal Academy, based in what is now the Louvre. After five failed attempts, David joined the French Academy and was known for being hard to get along with. After schooling came the Revolutionary war and David was involved for the cause for a revolution and his art depicts much of his expressions on war During this time his skillful Rococo style transformed into a more serious and astringent one.



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      Felix J Hernandez 5 years ago from All over the USA

      Your welcome randslam

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      Rand Zacharias 5 years ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

      Wow! The man could paint. Thanks, Grinchman.