A study of Jacques-Louis David, chronicler of the French Revolution.

Simon Lee


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  • Argues that Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825), participant in and chronicler of the French Revolution and painter to Napoleon, was the single most important painter of the age
  • The first book to trace all aspects of David's career, from his intellectual interests to his entrepreneurial skills and his relationships with patrons
  • Sets the artist in the context of Bourbon, Revolutionary, Napoleonic and Restoration France and discusses all the current scholarly debates about David

In The Press
'This up-to-date overview of David is a seamless fusion of art and history. Filled with unfamiliar facts, observations, and corollary images, it rejuvenates the father of modern French painting within the drama of Revolution, Empire and Restoration.' (Robert Rosenblum, Department of Fine Arts, New York University)

'Art & Ideas has broken new ground in making accessible authoritative views on periods, movements and concepts in art. As a series it represents a real advance in publishing.' (Sir Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate London)

'The format is wonderful and offers what had long been missing in academic studies: usable manuals for specific themes or periods...I am definitely not alone in welcoming Art & Ideas as a precious set of teaching tools.' (Joachim Pissarro, Yale University)

About the author(s)
Simon Lee is Senior Lecturer in the History of Art at the University of Reading.


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