Date of Birth: 30/08/2012
A leading French painter whose art embodied the style of Neoclassicism. Jacques-Louis David was born into a prosperous family in Paris and went to learn from Franois Boucher, the leading painter of the time, who was also a distant relative. Later he was tutored by Joseph-Marie Vien and attended the Royal Academy. His fame grew in the 1780s with a series of paintings, including The Oath of the Horatii, notable for their austerity of design and theme. At the same time he became known for his accomplished portraits. He took an active part in the Revolution of 1789 and his successive images of Napoleon helped to glorify the French leader. David had a huge number of pupils, making him the strongest influence in French art of the early 19th century, especially academic Salon painting. After Napoleon's final defeat in 1815 he continued to paint in exile in Brussels.