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Jacques-Louis David

Paris 1748 - 1825 Brussels
Price range
500,000 – 3,000,000 USD +
Jacques-Louis David was the leading painter of Revolutionary and Napoleonic France.

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.

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Selected artworks

Top 3 auction prices

3,571,428 $
6,124,570 $
7,209,000 $


The sales are: Piasa – 13 Dec 2006 lot 17 (2,700,000 EUR), Sotheby’s London – 11 Jun 1997 lot 47 (3,741,500 GBP), and Christie’s New York – 15 Apr 2008 lot 72.
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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.

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