Jacques-Louis David

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Birthday
30, 1748
Birthplace
France
Death Date
Dec 29, 1825 (77)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
30, 1748
Birthplace
France
Death Date
Dec 29, 1825 (77)

About

Important French Neoclassical painter whose most famous works included "Oath of the Horatii" from 1784 and "The Death of Marat" from 1793.

Before Fame

He was a student at the Royal Academy and desperately wanted to attend the French Academy in Rome. He competed for the art scholarship Prix de Rome five times, but failed to secure it each time.

Trivia

His masterpiece painting 'The Death of Marat' depicted the assassination of his famous friend Jean-Paul Marat by Charlotte Corday who was later guillotined for the crime.

Family Life

He was born into a wealthy Parisian family and was raised by his uncles after his father died from injuries sustained during a duel. He died in the Netherlands after he was hit by a carriage.

Associated With

He supported the French Revolution and was a personal friend of revolutionary politician Maximilien de Robespierre.