Jacques-Louis David, Revolutionary Artist: Art, Politics, and the French Revolution

Overview

The lifetime of Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825) coincides with the most tumultuous period in the history of France and much of the Western world. And David's life was closely bound up with the changes that were taking place in French politics, society, and culture. Although most other scholars have focused either on David's artistic activity or on his political career, Warren Roberts examines the connections between these two aspects of his life. Using a historical approach, Roberts provides an interpretation of ...

See more details below
Paperback (1)
$39.40
BN.com price
(Save 10%)$44.00 List Price
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (11) from $7.49   
  • New (7) from $39.33   
  • Used (4) from $7.49   
Sending request ...

Overview

The lifetime of Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825) coincides with the most tumultuous period in the history of France and much of the Western world. And David's life was closely bound up with the changes that were taking place in French politics, society, and culture. Although most other scholars have focused either on David's artistic activity or on his political career, Warren Roberts examines the connections between these two aspects of his life. Using a historical approach, Roberts provides an interpretation of David's art that illuminates David the man.

Roberts presents David's art as a personal record that is an extension of his inner life and a product of historical conditions. David's art, like his character and his actions, cannot be fully understood without understanding the changes that led to and then flowed from the French Revolution. Roberts here considers these changes and their impact on David from the perspectives of the historian and the art historian, and he comes to conclusions that are important for both.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
An extremely smooth and readable account of David's life and art that is both accurate and insightful.

American Historical Review

Library Journal
Roberts's study of the life and art of 18th-century French painter David attempts to relate both his personality and his participation in the French Revolution and other events of his lifetime to his artistic output. In doing so, Roberts incorporates much previous David scholarship, either to support earlier interpretations or to offer his own alternative ideas. Though marked by a sometimes strained unwillingness to view any of David's actions as anything but well motivated, this account of David's career is complete enough to be understood by those without prior knowledge of the painter or French history. Suitable for students, general readers, and informed laypersons, as well as specialists.-- Kathryn W. Finkelstein, M.Ln., Cincinnati
Booknews
Roberts history, U. of Albany examines the connection between the artistic and political careers of French painter David 1748-1825, from his success in the ancien regime through his depiction of revolutionary themes, his organization of spectacles for the republican government, and his position as Napoleon's official painter, to his exile in Brussels. Includes 88 b&w reproductions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807843505
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/1992
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 324
  • Sales rank: 1,008,922
  • Product dimensions: 0.73 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Warren Roberts, Distinguished Teaching Professor of History at the University at Albany, is author of Morality and Social Class in Eighteenth-Century French Literature and Jane Austen and the French Revolution.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)