16 April, 2024


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Jacques Louis David: Radical Draftsman Virtual Opening | Met Exhibitions

LADIES, say hello to one of the main inspirations of the magazine, known as BEAUX HOMMES. A new kind of French style magazine made for women and those of the “female spirit.” For the woman who appreciates a handsome man, like a fine wine from France. If one artist, defined the magazine’s love of the “male form” for women, it would be Jacques Louis David. An artist that defined the academic figurative male art form, yet had the ability to capture the beauty of women in portraits. He lived in turbulent political times and was trained by the last king of France (Louis the 16th) and then worked for the Republic in the early days of the revolution. When the political winds turned yet again and it looked like he was over, then found his talents used by the empire under the patronage of Napoleon. Then he was out of favor again when the Bourbon monarchy returned. 

This lecture is a “gem,” and we encourage our readers to see the exhibit, watch this video, or just become a patron of the museum. 


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Join Perrin Stein, Curator, in the Department of Drawings and Prints, for a virtual tour of Jacques Louis David: Radical Draftsman, the first exhibition devoted to works on paper by the celebrated French artist. David navigated vast artistic and political divides throughout his life—from his birth in Paris in 1748 to his death in exile in Brussels in 1825—and his iconic works captured the aspirations and suffering of a nation, while addressing timeless themes that continue to resonate today. Through the lens of his preparatory studies, the exhibition looks beyond his public successes to chart the moments of inspiration and the progress of ideas. Visitors will follow the artist’s process as he gave form to the neoclassical style and created major canvases that shaped the public’s perceptions of historical events in the years before, during, and after the French Revolution. Organized chronologically, the exhibition will feature more than eighty drawings and oil sketches—including rarely loaned or newly discovered works—drawn from the collections of The Met and dozens of institutional and private lenders. Learn more about the exhibition: https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions…

The exhibition is made possible by the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust.

The catalogue is made possible by the Drue E. Heinz Fund. Additional support is provided by the Tavolozza Foundation and Hubert and Mireille Goldschmidt. Subscribe for new content from The Met: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDlz… #RadicalDraftsman#TheMet #Art #TheMetropolitanMuseumofArt #Museum © 2022 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

IMAGES (Courtesy of The Met): Just a small sampling of those images of the master French academic artist, _______________ and his love of the academic male figurative. LADIES, we encourage you to watch and share this video. Also, please go to NYC, if you can, to see the actual exhibit. Thanks LADIES!