Neoclassical Master & Political Artist
Jacques-Louis David was a renowned French Neoclassical painter, born on August 30, 1748. He is known for his significant contributions to art during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, often portraying historical and mythological themes with a distinct classical style.
David's works, such as "The Death of Sardanapalus" (1827) and "The Oath of the Horatii" (1784), exemplify his commitment to creating art that communicated moral and political ideals.
His influence extended beyond his artistic prowess, as he played an active role in the French Revolution and the Napoleonic era, using his artistic talents to shape public perceptions.
To give a body and a perfect form to one's thought, this - and only this - is to be an artist.
In the arts the way in which an idea is rendered, and the manner in which it is expressed, is much more important than the idea itself.
The artist must be a philosopher. Socrates the skilled sculptor, Jean-Jacques [Rousseau] the good musician, and the immortal Poussin, tracing on the canvas the sublime lessons of philosophy, are so many proofs that an artistic genius should have no other guide except the torch of reason.
I will never, for the future, paint the portrait of a tyrant until his head lies before me on the scaffold.
If the work is poor, the public taste will soon do it justice. And the author, reaping neither glory nor fortune, will learn by hard experience how to correct his mistakes.