Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825) was a French painter in the Neo-Classical style.
He was an active supporter of and unofficial painter to the republic during the French Revolution, for which he was imprisoned 1794-1795.
He was later appointed court painter to the emperor Napoleon, of whom he created well-known images such as the horseback figure of Napoleon Crossing the Alps in 1800 (Louvre, Paris).
During the Revolution he was elected to the Convention and a member of the Committee of Public Safety, and narrowly escaped the guillotine.
In his Death of Marat in 1793, he turned political murder into a classical tragedy. Later he devoted himself to the empire in paintings like the enormous, pompous Coronation of Napoleon 1805-1807 (Louvre, Paris). After Napoleon's fall, David was banished by the Bourbons and settled in Brussels.
Why is Jacques-Louis David famous?
Jacques-Louis David was an influential French painter in the Neoclassical style.