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Jacques-Louis David "Legislateur en functions" Original Etching-Dry point

Jacques-Louis David "Legislateur en functions" Original Etching-Dry point

Jacques-Louis David "Legislateur en functions" Original Etching-Dry point

Jacques-Louis David Original Etching -Drypoint, first executed in oil and etched by the Masters Pupil, J. David in rich Etching-dry point, printed on a Applique Colle paper (Japon) and attached to a wove paper. This wonderful work is in excellent condition and measure 5.5 by 7.25 inches, inscribed below the etched work by artist and engraver by the Grandson of the artist.

Editions on Japon paper are generally smaller than the editions on wove, this is a rare impression.

Jacques-Louis David (30 August 1748 — 29 December 1825) was an influential 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 a classical austerity and severity, heightened feeling chiming 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. Imprisoned after Robespierre's fall from power, he aligned himself with yet another political regime upon his release, that of Napoleon I. It was at this time that he developed his Empire style, notable for its use of warm Venetian colours. David had a huge number of pupils, (Including J. David , a noted French Engraver of the Masters works ) making him the strongest influence in French art of the early 19th century, especially academic Salon painting.

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