Necklines: The Art of Jacques-Louis David After the Terror

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Yale University Press, 1999 - Art - 374 pages
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Twice imprisoned after the fall of Robespierre, French painter Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825) faced an artistic and personal crisis as the political and cultural values he had embraced crumbled in the mid-1790s. This book examines the crucial period of David’s artistic career as he struggled both to 'save his neck' and to recast his identity in the aftermath of the Reign of Terror. Ewa Lajer-Burcharth examines David’s work in the context of the larger cultural and social formations emerging in France and offers a new perspective on his paintings and on French artistic culture at an important moment in its history.

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Focusing on the period after the fall of Robespierre, Lajer-Burcharth (humanities, Harvard) reframes David's art in relation to gender tensions within French society at the time and within the artist ... Read full review


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Page 363 - Rapports et discussions de toutes les classes de l'Institut de France sur les ouvrages admis au concours pour les prix décennaux. Paris, novembre 1810.

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Lajer-Burcharth is Harris K. Weston Associate Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University.

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