Jacques-Louis David

1748 - 1825

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Jacques-Louis David (French: [ʒaklwi david]; 30 August 1748 – 29 December 1825) was a French painter in the Neoclassical style, considered to be the preeminent painter of the era. In the 1780s, his cerebral brand of history painting marked a change in taste away from Rococo frivolity toward classical austerity, severity, and heightened feeling, which harmonized with the moral climate of the final years of the Ancien Régime. David later became an active supporter of the French Revolution and friend of Maximilien Robespierre (1758–1794), and was effectively a dictator of the arts under the French Republic. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jacques-Louis David has received more than 2,558,488 page views. His biography is available in 83 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 81 in 2019). Jacques-Louis David is the 34th most popular painter (down from 31st in 2019), the 75th most popular biography from France (down from 60th in 2019) and the 9th most popular French Painter.

Jacques-Louis David was a French painter and sculptor in the Neoclassical style. He was a leading artist in the early 19th century, and is best known for his large historical paintings, including Oath of the Horatii, Death of Socrates, and The Sabine Women.

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Among painters, Jacques-Louis David ranks 34 out of 2,023Before him are Wassily Kandinsky, Hieronymus Bosch, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Jan van Eyck, Edgar Degas, and Marc Chagall. After him are Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Giotto, Joan Miró, René Magritte, Masaccio, and Gustave Courbet.

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Among people born in 1748, Jacques-Louis David ranks 1After him are Jeremy Bentham, Olympe de Gouges, Charles IV of Spain, Emmanuel Joseph Sieyès, Charles XIII of Sweden, Adam Weishaupt, Claude Louis Berthollet, Antoine Laurent de Jussieu, William V, Prince of Orange, Johann Friedrich Gmelin, and Christian Gottlob Neefe. Among people deceased in 1825, Jacques-Louis David ranks 2Before him is Alexander I of Russia. After him are Antonio Salieri, Henri de Saint-Simon, Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria, Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies, Eli Whitney, Pauline Bonaparte, Jean Paul, Henry Fuseli, Dmitry Bortniansky, and Laskarina Bouboulina.

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In France

Among people born in France, Jacques-Louis David ranks 75 out of 6,770Before him are Jean-François Champollion (1790), Henri Bergson (1859), Pierre de Fermat (1601), Edgar Degas (1834), Charles X of France (1757), and Maximilien Robespierre (1758). After him are William the Conqueror (1028), Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841), Louis the Pious (778), Henry III of France (1551), Madame du Barry (1743), and Louis Braille (1809).

Among PAINTERS In France

Among painters born in France, Jacques-Louis David ranks 9Before him are Paul Cézanne (1839), Paul Gauguin (1848), Eugène Delacroix (1798), Édouard Manet (1832), Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780), and Edgar Degas (1834). After him are Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841), Gustave Courbet (1819), Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864), Nicolas Poussin (1594), Georges Braque (1882), and Jean-François Millet (1814).