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Jacques-Louis David

32 x 25 1/4 inches
Musée du Louvre, Département des Peintures

Musée du Louvre

Note: Jacques-Louis David’s, Self Portrait, 1794 (pictured here) was on loan from Musée du Louvre, Paris for the exhibition Jacques-Louis David: Empire to Exile
February 1–April 24, 2005 at the Getty Center.


Excerpt from The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles:

Jacques-Louis David: Empire to Exile
February 1–April 24, 2005 at the Getty Center

Jacques-Louis David: Empire to Exile examines the last 25 years of the turbulent career of Jacques-Louis David, the dominant figure in late 18th- and early 19th-century European art.

David did not consider himself primarily a political artist, but he created some of the most powerful propaganda in history, first for the French Revolution and then for Napoleon. He also painted insightful, unsparing portraits of friends, family, and the élites of Paris and Brussels.

David’s political entanglements made him a controversial public figure. After Napoleon’s defeat in 1815 David went into exile in Brussels, where he embarked on new artistic projects—interpretations of Greek myths, studies of facial expression, and portraits of fellow exiles. He continued to reinvent himself and his art up to his death in 1825.

Jacques-Louis David: Empire to Exile has been organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.


Jacques-Louis David, French, (1748-1825)
b. August 30, 1748, Paris
d. 1825

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