About the artist
Born in Paris in 1748, Jacques-Louis David grew into a leading figure of France's Neo-classical art scene. After tutelage under classicising artist Marie-Joseph Vien, David spent pivotal years in Rome (1775-80 and 1784-5). In 1783, he joined the Academy, earning recognition for works like 'The Oath of the Horatii' - noted for their stark design and theme. Also, his skillful portraiture won him acclaim. During the 1789 Revolution, David actively participated, becoming a parliament deputy and key player in abolishing the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture. His depictions of Napoleon in various roles glorified the French leader. Despite living in exile post-Napoleon's downfall in 1815, he influenced French arts significantly until his death in Brussels in 1825.