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Like many former revolutionaries and adherents to Napoleon, David was forced into exile following the restoration of the French monarchy in 1815. Nearly seventy, he settled in Brussels, where he continued to paint and train numerous students. While he painted portraits, principally of expatriates like himself, he also returned to the classical themes that had interested him earlier in his career. David found solace in these familiar subjects, even if his new representations of them signal a fresh direction in his art. In these last paintings, colors assume a heightened richness and vibrancy—no doubt influenced by Flemish art—and his figures often exhibit a striking emotional poignancy. Although these works were invariably painted for private clients, David exhibited
them publicly. He thus remained an influential artist until his death.
© 2005 Sterling and Francine
Clark Art Institute


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