Art and the French Revolution  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

The most important work of art of the French Revolution is the The Death of Marat by Jacques-Louis David.

Jacques-Louis David effectively became a dictator of the arts under the French Republic. Imprisoned after Robespierre's fall from power, he aligned himself with yet another political regime upon his release, that of Napoleon. It was at this time that he developed his 'Empire style', notable for its use of warm Venetian colours. David had a huge number of pupils, making him the strongest influence in French art of the 19th century, especially academic Salon painting.

Interesting examples of work inspired by the fraternity ideas of the French Revolution are by proto-outsider artist Jean-Jacques Lequeu. His drawings Temple of the Earth and Temple to Sacred Equality (1793) are, although virtually unknown during his lifetime, iconical in this respect.

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