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The Death of Socrates Painting by Jacques Louis David

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

The Death of Socrates Painting by Jacques Louis David

The Death of Socrates was painted by Jacques Louis David in 1787. Accused by the Athenian government of denying the gods and corrupting the young through his teachings, Socrates (469–399 B.C.) was offered the choice of renouncing his beliefs or being sentenced to death by drinking hemlock. David shows him calmly discoursing on the immortality of the soul with his grief-stricken disciples. Painted in 1787, the picture, with its stoic theme, is perhaps David’s most perfect Neoclassical statement.  buy famous reproduction paintings online

The printmaker and publisher John Boydell wrote to Sir Joshua Reynolds that it was “the greatest effort of art since the Sistine Chapel and the stanze of Raphael… This work would have done honour to Athens at the time of Pericles.” The subject is loosely based on Plato’s Phaedo, but in painting it David consulted a variety of sources, including Diderot’s treatise on dramatic poetry of 1758 and works by the poet Andre Chenier. The pose of the figure at the foot of the bed was reportedly inspired by a passage in a novel by the English writer Richardson. This painting can be reproduced on canvas by Daydaypaint.com. Original Dimensions: Height: 129.5 cm, Width: 196.2 cm. Other sizes and custom sizes are available, Please Contact with us by email: daydaypaint@gmail.com.

Antoine Laurent and Marie Anne Lavoisier Painting by Jacques Louis David

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

Antoine Laurent and Marie Anne Lavoisier Painting by Jacques Louis David

Antoine Laurent and Marie Anne Lavoisier (Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier and His Wife) was painted by Jacques Louis David in 1788.    This is one of the greatest portraits of the eighteenth century, painted when David was at the peak of his powers and had become the standard-bearer of French Neoclassicism. Lavoisier is best known for his pioneering studies of oxygen, gunpowder, and the chemical composition of water. In 1789, his theories were published in the Traite elementaire de chimie.  oil painting reproductions sale

The illustrations in this book were prepared by his wife, who is believed to have studied with David (a portfolio of her drawings rests on the armchair to the left). Through his post as commissioner of gunpowder, Lavoisier was involved in a political scandal that led him to withdraw the present painting from the Salon of 1789. Despite his service to the Revolutionary regime, he was guillotined along with twenty-seven other tax collectors. This painting can be reproduced on canvas by Daydaypaint.com. Original Dimensions: Height: 259.7 cm, Width: 194.6 cm. Other sizes and custom sizes are available, Please Contact with us by email: daydaypaint@gmail.com.

Madame Recamier Painting by Jacques Louis David

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

Madame Recamier Painting by Jacques Louis David

Madame Recamier was painted by Jacques Louis David in 1800. This is a case where a comparison will give a good idea of how differently the same subject was handled by Jacques-Louis David and one of his numerous pupils. David started the portrait of Madame Reamier in 1800 which was never finished. (However, incidentally, this portrait helped a contemporary item of furniture to become known under her name.) When the master learned that the lady had also commissioned his pupil Geard to paint her, he is said to have refused any further service. oil painting reproductions sale

In David’s portrait, noble simplicity, expressed by the simple dress and the Spartan decoration, is also eloquent in the open face. This might well appear more to the modern viewer than Geard’s version, which was judged to be more representative and flattering at the time. And comparisons with portraits of Madame Reamier by other artists suggest that Geard had achieved a better likeness than David. The Spartan severity of David’s composition, the Neoclassical sparseness of the arrangement, the cool handling of the room, the distanced pose, with the lady turning her shoulder to the viewer, were all elements with which Neoclassicism had operated for long enough. buy famous reproduction paintings online

Geard, by contrast, sets the lady in a noble park loggia, where she seems to be inviting to conversation. Her low-cut bodice is seductive; the red curtain flatters the subject and gives the flesh a rosy tint. Where David gave the beautiful woman a rather severe touch around the mouth, Geard embellishes her features with the hint of a gentle smile, making her look younger. By contrast, David’s portrait in the antique manner looks rather forced. Perhaps these were the reasons why his painting was never finished. Madame Reamier gave Geard’s portrait of her to her admirer Prince Augustus of Prussia, a nephew of Frederick II, who had met the French beauty at the salon of Madame de Stae. For state reasons a marriage was impossible, but in the painting Madame Reamier was ever present in the palace which Schinkel furnished for the Prince in 1817. This painting can be reproduced on canvas by Daydaypaint.com. Original Dimensions: Height: 174 cm, Width: 244 cm. Other sizes and custom sizes are available, Please Contact with us by email: daydaypaint@gmail.com.