Jacques-Louis David

Jacques-Louis David

Jacques-Louis David (French: Jacques-Louis David) is a French artist, a significant representative of neoclassicism.

In the 1780s, his historical paintings marked a change in tastes from rococo frivolity to a more classical restraint and austerity, consistent with the public atmosphere of the last years of the Old Regime.

Later, Jacques-Louis David became an active supporter of the French Revolution and a friend of Maximilian Robespierre, becoming a de facto dictator of the arts during the First Republic. Sent to prison at the fall of Robespierre, after his release he moved in with another government, that of Napoleon I. David had a large number of students, which had a strong influence on 19th-century French art. One of them is Dominic Enger, Jean Auguste.