A founding father of the Neoclassical age, French painter Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825) achieved acclaim for his revival of classical themes writ large across monumental yet meticulous compositions. His passion for the Academic painterly ideal, combined with his support of revolution, made David a pivotal force in turn-of-the century painting and in turn an ideal subject for his own volume within the Delphi Classics Masters of Art digital series.
Though he began his artistic training under Rococo painter François Boucher, David quickly moved away from the frills and frivolities of that approach to instead saturate his work in themes from the classical world. This emphasis grew during his study in Rome in the late 1770s and was further bolstered through his growing support of political rebellion: by the time he returned to Paris, revolution was brewing, and soon David found himself befriending some of the key promoters of such revolution.
Accordingly, David conjured some of his most striking works in the decade following, including The Oath of the Horatii (1784) and The Death of Socrates (1787) as dual symbols of both past and present. This symbolism, combined with David’s effortless handling of color, form, and texture, served as a defining force in late 18th-century painting and laid the aesthetic groundwork for artistic innovation to come the century following. See this force come to life in this new digital volume that features these paintings along many more of the artist’s most influential works. Buy your copy of The Complete Works of Jacques-Louis David on Musebooks today