This beautifully illustrated book, focusing on a selection of later paintings and drawings by Jacques-Louis David (1748Ė1825), is published to accompany the first major exhibition of the artistís work in the United States. Organized by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and the J. Paul Getty Museum, this exhibition of twenty-seven paintings and twenty-nine drawings is also the first to examine the transformation of Davidís art during the post-Revolutionary period (1800Ė1825), in particular his work produced during the empire of Napoleon I and the decade of Davidís exile in Brussels following the Bourbon restoration. Art historian Philippe Bordes establishes Davidís position after the Terror and discusses the artistís admiration for Napoleon Bonaparte, for whom he served as court painter. The book also investigates Davidís new approach to antiquity in historical compositions and the avowed influence of the Flemish School on his practice.
The paintings and drawings in this volume demonstrate the full range of Davidís art in the nineteenth century: grand official images of Bonaparte and his courtiers; intimate portraits of the artistís friends and family; imposing mythological and classical subject pictures; study drawings for paintings; and finished drawings made for their own sake. Each of the works, many of which were previously unknown or inaccessible, is reproduced in color and accompanied by an entry with complete scholarly information. Drawing on many new documents and close analysis of the works featured in the book, Bordes offers a revised understanding of this deeply reactive artist and the creative output of his second career.
400 pages, 9 x 12 inches
80 color and 88 black-and-white illustrations
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in association with Yale University Press