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Jacques-Louis David: Empire to Exile
Jacques-Louis David (French, 1748–1825), Bonaparte Crossing the Alps at Grand-Saint-Bernard, 1800–1801. Musée national des Châteaux de Malmaison et Bois-Préau, Rueil-Malmaison. ©Réunion des Musées Nationaux/Art Resource, New York. Photography by Daniel Arnaudet.
Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA
June 5–September 5, 2005
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Leader of the neoclassicist movement, Jacques-Louis David (1748–1825) was the most celebrated painter of his era. This groundbreaking exhibition, organized in conjunction with the J. Paul Getty Museum, explores the role David played during Napoleon’s reign from 1804–1815, and the transformation of his art following the French Revolution. It brings to the U.S. several iconic paintings such as Bonaparte Crossing the Alps, ca. 1801–1802, being seen in the U.S. for the first time in 150 years, as well as recently discovered works.
In exile in Brussels after Napoleon’s fall, David’s portraits from this later period are distinguished by experimental innovation and the influence of the Flemish School. The two famous portraits of Comte Henri-Amedée de Turenne (one from the Clark and the other from Copenhagen) from this era are here united for the first time in 100 years.
A lavishly illustrated publication (Yale University Press in association with the Clark) written by guest curator Philippe Bordes, a founding member of the Musée de la Révolution, Vizille, France, accompanies the exhibit.

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