Neoclassism and the French Revolution - Oxford Art Online

If there is one quintessential French revolution artist, it must surely be Jaques-Louis David. David brought together all of the iconic components of revolutionary art; he used a neoclassical style which conveyed familiar classical Roman and Greek stories to the people, yet within the context of the early stages of the revolution, were little more than a call to arms.

French Revolution - The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia

The French Revolution saw a major shift in the political climate of France as the lower classes rose up to fight for their human and civil rights, to end the oppression of the church and state, and to put the power back in the hands of the people or Third Estate. A similar shift is clearly evident in the art of the French Revolution. In contrast to the frivolity of Rocco-style art, French Revolution art, known as Baroque, was intensely emotional with violent undertones. It represented the French populace's complete rejection of the lives and artwork of the wealthy elite, as well as their disdain for the unequal distribution of wealth in France. In fact, when the Revolutionaries stormed the palaces of Paris, they set about destroying any Rocco portraits of nobility they came across.


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The French Revolution in Art