French Painting 1800-1825David
Coronation of Napoleon Oath of Horatii
Jacques-Louis David (1748 -1825) introduced the neoclassical style in France. David was born in Paris and was influenced by classical art, especially the17th-century French painter Nicolas Poussin. David used ancient subjects and based his forms and gestures on Roman sculpture. His famous Oath of the Horatii emphasized dramatic lighting, ideal forms, and gestural clarity. It became the principal model for noble and heroic historical painting for the next two decades. After 1789, David adopted a realistic style to depict contemporary scenes of the French Revolution. In his later years he returned to mythological subjects and painted in a more theatrical manner.


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