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More than any other artist, Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825) is identified with the dramatic upheaval of the French Revolution. As a politician, he welcomed the promise of social change; as an artist he used his brush to glorify the Revolution's heroes and martyrs. When the political tide changed, David became Napoleon's chief painter, capturing the imperial pomp and contributing to the cult of military heroism. In this engrossing account Simon Lee argues that David was the single most important European painter ...
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Overview

More than any other artist, Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825) is identified with the dramatic upheaval of the French Revolution. As a politician, he welcomed the promise of social change; as an artist he used his brush to glorify the Revolution's heroes and martyrs. When the political tide changed, David became Napoleon's chief painter, capturing the imperial pomp and contributing to the cult of military heroism. In this engrossing account Simon Lee argues that David was the single most important European painter of the age, perfecting a style of dramatic and noble painting that matched exactly the contemporary desire for morally elevating images. A leading exponent of what was to be termed Neoclassicism, David was, however, capable of departing considerably from its ideals of understatement and restraint. Lee's account is the first to trace all aspects of David's career, from his intellectual interests to his entrepreneurial skills and his relationships with patrons.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714838045
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1999
  • Series: Art and Ideas Series
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 980,977
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 4
1 Finding a Voice: Parisian and Roman Beginnings 9
2 Painted Virtue and Patriotism: Success in Enlightenment Paris 55
3 Making a New World: David and the Revolution 109
4 Close to the Edge: Prison, Recovery and Change 185
5 Napoleonic Panoramas: The Emperor's Painter 221
6 Declining Years? Exile in Brussels 287
7 Gross David with the Swoln Cheek: David's Afterlife 319
8 Glossary 330
Brief Biographies 332
Key Dates 336
Map 341
Further Reading 342
Index 346
Acknowledgements 350
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2011

    Deceived by Title Name/ Not "David" That Is Listed

    This free Nookbook is not the biography of the French painter Jaques-Louis David by the British art historian Simon Lee. It is a biography of the biblical King David of the ancient Hebrews. I was deceived by the title since the French painter's last name is the same as the Hebrew king's first name.

    The actual title of the book I downloaded is David: Warrior, Poet, Prophet, King by Rev. T. Barber, M.A.

    Very disappointed! At least it's free, so I can delete it from my account.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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