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Italian born French Neoclassical Painter
Education - studied under Jacques-Louis David.
Cause of Death - Typhus
Francois Gerard's paintings are outstanding examples of the French Neoclassical style in the nineteenth century. His main subjects were classical mythology, historically important scenes of the French Revolution and portraiture. His style is distinguished by expert draftsmanship, gracious sophistication and a polished style. He believed that unity and simplicity are the two true sources of beauty
Description and Origins of the Neoclassic Art Movement
"The Art of The French Revolution"
The period is called neoclassical because its artists looked back to the art and culture of classical Greece and Rome. The spread of Neoclassical Art was primarily inspired by recent roman archeological excavations, including Pompeii and by gay art historian Johann Joachim Winckelmann. Winckelmann touted the homoeroticism of Greco-Roman art, "beauty is rather male than female. But the beauty of art demands a higher sensibility than the beauty of nature, because the beauty of art, like tears shed at a play, gives no pain, is without life, and must be awakened and repaired by culture. Now, as the spirit of culture is much more ardent in youth than in manhood, the instinct of which I am speaking must be exercised and directed to what is beautiful, before that age is reached, at which one would be afraid to confess that one had no taste for it.” His enthusiastic descriptions of art from Classical Antiquity encouraged an interest in Greek antiquities.
Principle Artists of the Neoclassical Period
James Barry Irish,
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