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Jacques Louis David: Radical Draftsman

Stein, Perrin, with contributions by Daniella Berman, Philippe Bordes, Mehdi Korchane, Benjamin Peronnet, Louis-Antoine Prat, and Juliette Trey
2022
308 pages
242 illustrations
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The first major exhibition catalogue to focus on Jacques Louis David's drawings and their pivotal role in the creation of his iconic history paintings

The paintings of Jacques Louis David (1748–1825) are among the most iconic in the history of Western art, but comparatively little is known about his nearly two thousand drawings that formed the basis of beloved masterpieces such as The Oath of the Horatii and The Death of Socrates.

Jacques Louis David: Radical Draftsman accompanies the first major exhibition to focus on the artist's often yearslong process of trial and experimentation, from initial idea to finished canvas. Including several recently discovered drawings published here for the first time, this volume provides a new perspective on the celebrated master. Essays by international experts explore what David's preparatory works on paper reveal about his creative process and how they bear witness to the tumultuous years before, during, and after the French Revolution. As both a participant and an observer, David helped establish the new French society while documenting the drama, violence, and triumphs of modern history in the making.

Belisarius and His Guide, Antoine Denis Chaudet  French, Bronze, mounted in a bronze circlet with floral ornament painted to resemble gilt bronze, into which is fitted the original rotating mechanism, French, Paris
1794
George III Leading an Army of Jugs, Jacques Louis David  French, Etching with watercolor
1794
A French Dragoon, Study for "The Revolt of Cairo", Anne Louis Girodet-Trioson  French, Pastel and conté crayon, with some stumping, on gold-colored dyed laid paper
ca. 1809
A Young Woman of Frascati, Jacques Louis David  French, Red chalk; framing lines in pen and brown ink, irregularly cut
ca. 1775–76
Louis XVI as the Benefactor of Surgery, Esprit Antoine Gibelin  French, Pen and black ink, brush and gray wash, over black chalk underdrawing
1771–74
View of the Salon of 1785, Pietro Antonio Martini  Italian, Etching
1785
The Death of Camilla, Jacques Louis David  French, Black chalk, brush and gray wash
ca. 1781
Regulus, Antoine de Marcenay de Ghuy  French, Etching
1772
The Death of Socrates, Jacques Louis David  French, Pen and black ink, over black chalk, touches of pen and brown ink; squared in black chalk
ca. 1786
Crito, Jacques Louis David  French, Black chalk, stumped, heightened with white chalk, squared in black chalk
ca. 1786–87
1776
The Death of Socrates, Jacques Louis David (and studio?) French, Pen and black ink, with brush and gray wash over black chalk, with light squaring in black chalk
ca. 1782
Study for The Lictors Bringing Brutus the Bodies of his Sons, Jacques Louis David  French, Black chalk and brown ink on paper
ca. 1788
The Lictors Bringing Brutus the Bodies of his Sons, Jacques Louis David  French, Black chalk, pen and black and brown ink, brush and gray and brown wash, heightened with white gouache
1787
Study for the Wife and Daughters of Brutus (recto); Study of a Male Nude (verso), Jacques Louis David  French, Red chalk
ca. 1788
A Judge of the Criminal Court, Pierre Narcisse Guérin  French, Pen and gray ink with watercolor, over traces of graphite
ca. 1798–99
Portrait of a Man, Louis Lafitte  French, Conté crayon heightened with white chalk
1793
The Public Viewing David’s "Coronation" at the Louvre, Louis Léopold Boilly  French, Oil on canvas
1810
Leonidas at Thermopylae, Jacques Louis David  French, Black chalk; squared in black chalk
ca. 1812–13

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David, Jacques Louis. 2022. Jacques Louis David: Radical Draftsman. Edited by Perrin Stein. New York, New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art.