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Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825) was a neoclassical artist who applied his meticulous technique to both subjects of Greek mythology and of his era, painting images of Socrates and Bonaparte alike with an impression of pride about the subjects. A sympathizer of the French Revolution, David recognized that liberty from the oppressive hand of authoritarian government was necessary for the creator to function. A similarly prudent and freedom-oriented Napoleon I would name David "The First Painter of the Empire." Refusing, after the exile of his patron, to acknowledge the travesty of reinstated Bourbon rule, David fled to Belgium, where his continuing dedication to the principles embodied by the Napleonic Era was evident through such works as the portrait of Marshal Gerard, a commander who served alongside Napoleon during the Russian Campaign and at Waterloo.
Jacques-Louis David: Napoleon Crossing the St. Bernard (1800-1801)
Jacques-Louis David: Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon I (1806-1807)
Jacques-Louis David: Bonaparte (1798)
Jacques-Louis David: Self Portrait (1794)
Jacques-Louis David: Napoleon in his Study (1812) Jacques-Louis David: Monsieur Lavoisier and his Wife (1788) Jacques-Louis David: Death of Socrates (1787)
Jacques-Louis David: Etienne-Maurice Gerard, Marshal of France (1816)
Jacques-Louis David: Count de Turenne (1816)
Jacques-Louis David: Count Potocki (1780-1781)
Jacques-Louis David: Monsieur Seriziat (1795)
Jacques-Louis David: Alphonse Leroy (1783)