2008 to 2012
There is something extraordinary about Jacques Louis David's neo-classicism. And not just the moralising civil virtues. But sharp line, controlled colour and great costumes (or semi nakedness).
We used to call a survivor of different regimes a Vicar of Bray. David was cetainly one of those. When he signed the King's death warrant, his wife, a royalist, divorced him, but he reconciled with her later and they married again. He survived the falls of both Robespierre and Napoleon and supported both. I've always loved his paintings, but knew nothing of his politics until yesterday.
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