Jacques-Louis David (1748 – 1825) was a French Neoclassical painter, perhaps the most prominent of his time. His early years were tumultuous and involved many conflicts, but his artistic genius was apparent to all. Jacques-Louis would go on to be a big supporter of the French Revolution. As a good friend of Maximilien Robespierre, he essentially became the head authority of the arts in the French Republic, until Robespierre fell, at which time the painter was imprisoned. He would later be released and support the reign of Napoleon, until the emperor also fell, at which time the painter exiled himself to Brussels. Many of his paintings are very well known, especially to those of us at the Tribune, but the incredible influence he exerted through time due to all of his pupils cannot be underestimated.
Evening Fall Piano by Kevin MacLeod