- Also known as
Jacques Louis David
primary name: David, Jacques Louis
- individual; painter/draughtsman; French; Male
- Life dates
- Palais National des Sciences & Arts, Paris
Cour du Louvre, Paris
- Painter, exponent of the Neoclassical' school, master of Ingres. To Italy after winning the Prix de Rome (1775-1780), where he studied classical statues; member of the Académie Royale de Peinture (1783); politically active during the Revolution which he celebrated in his works, he was elected Deputy of Paris (1792) and president of the Jacobins Club (1793) and of the National Convention (1794); supported Robespierre (q.v.) and was imprisoned after the latter's execution, then gave up politics. Became court painter to Napoléon I (q.v.) in 1804 and was awarded the Légion d'Honneur (member, 1804; Chevalier, 1808). After Napoleon's fall, David, who had voted in favour of Louis XVI's death, was proscribed as regicide and although he was granted amnesty by Louis XVIII, went on a self-exile to Brussels.
- Daniel & G.Wildenstein, Documents, Paris 1973
Philippe Bordes, in 'Delineavit et sculpsit: mélanges offerts à Marie-Félicie Perez-Pivot', Lyon 2003, pp.171- 79, 'JLD et l'estampe'