Jacques-Louis David: Empire to Exile

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Yale University Press, 2007 - Art - 400 pages
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This beautifully illustrated book, originally published in 2005 in conjunction with a major traveling exhibition, is the first to examine the transformation of Jacques-Louis David’s work during the post-Revolutionary period (1800–1825). Each of the works––many of which were previously unknown or inaccessible––is reproduced in color and accompanied by detailed scholarly information. Drawing on many new documents and close analysis of the works featured in the book, Philippe Bordes offers a revisionist view of this deeply reactive artist and the creative output of his “second” career.
“A beautiful book and a significant contribution to our understanding of David’s place in art history.”—Art Times
"Bordes gives his readers the benefit of years spent looking at these paintings and drawings, as well as his encyclopedic knowledge . . . of the artistic, social and political histories of the period.”—Louise Govier, The Art Book
“[A] marvelously produced catalogue . . . meticulous and informative.”—David A. Bell, New Republic

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This lavishly illustrated book catalogs the exhibition of Jacques-Louis David's late, post-exile work. Now showing at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and appearing at the Sterling & Francine ... Read full review


Art after Politics
In the Service of Napoleon
Portraits of the Consulate and Empire
Antiquity Revisited
Experiments in Expression
Portraits in Exile
The Image of the Artist
Notes to Essays

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Philippe Bordes was founding director of the Musée de la Révolution Française in Vizille, France, from 1984 to 1996 and is currently professor of art history at the University of Lyon.

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