‘”This Deep, Great, and Religious Feeling”: Delécluze on History Painting and David’

Marijke Jonker: ‘“This Deep, Great, and Religious Feeling”: Delécluze on History Painting and David‘. In: Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, vol. Autumn, 2005.

Etienne-Jean Delecluze was one of the most famous art critics of the first half of the nineteenth century. His influential biography of Jacques-Louis David, \”Louis David, son école et son temps: Souvenirs\” (1855), depicts David as an artist whose career was thwarted under the ancien régime due to the official promotion of history painting as the genre most suitable to display the superiority of French art. In Delécluze\’s view, the Revolution gave David a chance to create paintings that belonged in a category of their own.
The article shows Delecluze to have been a very biased biographer. He used David\’s life and career as an illustration of his own negative views on French art and culture, which also colored his Salon reviews.

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Ann. updated 2010-12-1