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Fraternité: French Artists from Revolution to Romanticism

Lavoisier and his Wife (detail)

Kathryn Calley Galitz, Associate Museum Educator

The Revolution of 1789 transformed French art. Neoclassicism, embodied in the paintings of Jacques-Louis David, became the style of the day. This series explores the rise of Neoclassicism, culminating with its embrace by Emperor Napoleon. The fall of the Empire in 1814 paved the way for the emerging Romantic aesthetic.

Today's Topic:
Revolution in Painting: Jacques-Louis David and the Neoclassical Ideal

Above: Jacques-Louis David (French, 1748–1825). Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier (1743–1794) and His Wife (Marie-Anne-Pierrette Paulze, 1758–1836), 1788, Oil on canvas; 102 1/4 x 76 5/8 in. (259.7 x 194.6 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman Gift, in honor of Everett Fahy, 1977 (1977.10)

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