Picture of Mona Lisa

Survey of Art 1B

Neo-Classicism

 

Fast Facts

Neoclassicism in France was contemporary with the Age of Enlightenment, also called The Age of Reason. With it came a spirit of inquiry into historical events and science. Emphasis upon being reasonable and good forced an end to Rococo attitudes and style; therefore, frivolity was out and virtue was in! For a virtuous model of reason and order, artists looked to the Italian Renaissance and the classical world; thus the term Neoclassicism. The ensuing style and its corresponding philosophical and social outlook became the semiofficial voice of the French Revolution and its desire to instill ancient Roman Republic virtues into contemporary civic life. Optimistically, inquiry was encouraged, progress through human ability was believed possible, and that man could function as an individual within the state.

Academic, Classical styles are used in France and elsewhere in Europe to legitimize and defend political regimes in power.

 

 

Picture of "Oath of the Horatti" by David

Oath of the Horatti, 1784-1785

Artist: Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825)
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Picture of "Death of Socrates" by David

Death of Socrates, 1787

Artist: Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825)
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Picture of "Death of Marat" by David

Death of Marat, 1793

Artist: Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825)
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Picture of "Madame Resamier" by David

Madame Recamier, 1800

Artist: Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825)
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Picture of "Consecration" by David

The Consecration of the Emperor Napolean I

and of Josephine December 2, 1804

detail

Artist: Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825)
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Picture of "Napolean" by David

Napolean in His Study, 1812

Artist: Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825)
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Picture of "The Valpincon Bather" by Ingres

The Valpincon Bather, 1850

Artist: Jean-Aguste Dominique Ingres (1780-1867)
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Picture of "Madame de Moitessier" by Ingres

Madame de Moitessier, 1851

Artist: Jean-Aguste Dominique Ingres (1780-1867)
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