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In the years immediately following his imprisonment, David tried to keep out of public life and away from politics. However, finding himself in competition with younger artists for public commissions, he soon realized the benefits of having the support of an influential patron. As Napoleon's power grew, David increasingly allied himself with his success, until finally, when Napoleon crowned himself Emperor in 1804, David was appointed First Painter to the Imperial Court. Although Napoleon and his First Painter differed occasionally on political issues, the paintings David made while in Napoleon's service established the archetypal image of the successful general-turned-politician and are among the artist's most memorable works.
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Clark Art Institute


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