Self-portrait of French artist Jacques-Louis David.

Jacques-Louis David

(1748 - 1825)

Jacques-Louis David studied at the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture; he lost the school’s Prix de Rome competition three times and attempted suicide by starving himself. During the French Revolution he joined the Jacobins, painted revolutionary leaders, and abolished the Royal Academy. 

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On July 13, 1793, a Girondist young woman stabbed to death the Montagnard Jean-Paul Marat, editor of The Friend of the People. The state funeral was arranged by Jacques-Louis David, who soon afterward painted his Death of Marat; every member of the National Convention came, and the Marquis de Sade delivered the eulogy. 

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