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Group of Figures Inspired by “Leonidas at Thermopylae”

Jacques Louis David French

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In this drawing made in exile, David recasts figures from a major history painting he had left behind in Paris, Leonidas at Thermopylae (1814). The truncated bodies have become fragments fused into a new whole, their emotional states carried over, but now occupying a visual field devoid of spatial references.

Group of Figures Inspired by “Leonidas at Thermopylae”, Jacques Louis David (French, Paris 1748–1825 Brussels), Black chalk

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