Jacques Louis David

Radical Draftsman

Perrin Stein; With contributions by Daniella Berman, Philippe Bordes, Mehdi Korchane, Louis-Antoine Prat, Benjamin Peronnet, and Juliette Trey

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The first major exhibition catalogue to focus on Jacques Louis David’s drawings and their crucial role in his iconic history paintings made before, during, and after the French Revolution

Jacques Louis David’s (1748–1825) paintings are among the most iconic in the history of Western art, but comparatively little is known about the artist’s nearly 2,000 drawings—from quick chalk sketches scribbled in notebooks to exquisite ink compositions enlivened with oil paint—that formed the basis of beloved masterpieces such as The Oath of the Horatii and The Death of Socrates. Jacques Louis David: Radical Draftsman is the first major publication to focus on the often years-long process of trial and experimentation that progressed from initial idea to finished canvas. Including several recently discovered drawings published here for the first time, this book provides a new perspective on the celebrated master. Essays by international experts on the artist explore how David’s preparatory works on paper reveal the development of his creative process, while also bearing witness to the tumultuous years before, during, and after the French Revolution. As both a participant and an observer, David helped establish the new French society while documenting the drama, violence, and triumphs of modern history-in-the-making.

Perrin Stein is curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
(February 17–May 15, 2022)

ISBN: 9781588397461
Publication Date: February 22, 2022
Publishing Partner: Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Distributed by Yale University Press
308 pages, 9 1/2 x 11
150 color illus.
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