Jacques Louis David: Radical Draftsman
Jacques Louis David: Radical Draftsman
See the first exhibition devoted to works on paper by this celebrated French artist whose iconic works captured the aspirations and suffering of a nation, while addressing timeless themes that continue to resonate today.
The Met Museum
February 17, 2022 to May 15, 2022
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Through the lens of David's 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.

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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.


The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 5th Ave
New York, NY

Image: Jacques Louis David, The Oath of the Tennis Court (detail), 1791. Musée du Louvre, Paris, on deposit at the Musée National des Châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon (inv. DESS 736 / MV 8409 / MV RF 1914). Photo: © RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY, photo by Gérard Blot