As first painter to Napoleon, David held a position of great influence, and his heroic and disciplined neo-classical style was an entirely appropriate expression of the egalitarian fervor of the Revolution and the militaristic autocracy of Napoleon. After the restoration of the Bourbons David was forced, as someone who had voted for the execution of King Louis XVI, to live in exile in Brussels. He had many pupils and through them remained a potent force in academic salon painting well into the nineteenth century.
Books on Jacques-Louis David
Philippe Bordes, Jacques-Louis David: Empire to Exile, exh. cat., New Haven, 2005.
Antoine Schnapper and Arlette Sérullaz, eds., Jacques-Louis David, exh. cat., Paris, 1989.
Anita Brookner, Jacques-Louis David, London, 1980.
Louis Joseph Aimé Thomé de Gamond, Vie de David, premier peintre de Napoléon, Brussels, 1826.