Jacques Louis David was an influential French artist who classic paintings included the likes of Oath of the Horatii, Napoleon at the Saint-Bernard Pass, The Coronation of Napoleon, The Intervention of the Sabine Women and Mars Being Disarmed by Venus and the Three Graces, with a full gallery available here within Jacqueslouisdavid.net.
David the artist was classified within the Neoclassical style and he created paintings within the 18th and 19th century at a time when France was startin to establish itself as the major artistic force within Europe.
Jacques Louis David is best remembered for his portrait paintings of military general Napoleon, though Oath of the Horatii is perhaps his most important painting of all.
Those who want to browse just the better known works from his career can see the gallery below which covers around 25 paintings, with a list of more if you are interested in studying his career in further detail.
You can also find Jacques Louis David paintings from the Art Library which lists huge numbers of artists and paintings from since the Middle Ages.
Jacques Louis David had a close relationship with Napoleon and this enabled him great opportunities within his career, with large commissions following from rich families who wanted their own portraits to be created by the artist who was respected by such a major figure within France.
It is rare for an artist to have such a close relationship with a major military or political figure as most naturally push away from the establishments such as these. One similar example would be Hans Holbein and his frequent paintings of King Henry VIII.
After big political changes within France, artist Jacques Louis David was actually imprisoned and at this time he did begin to regret some of his alliances that had built up over his career and now were a great problem to him.
Happily, the students that had been taught by David for many years were free of these same connections and as such could follow their own paths without any problem.