Museum Home Past Exhibitions Jacques-Louis David: Empire to Exile

February 1–April 24, 2005 at the Getty Center

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Posted on 04/25/05 by Melodie, Los Angeles, CA
I am an AP art history student at a local high school and I fell in love with Jacques-Louis. As soon as I found out, I rushed over to the Getty to see Napoleon Crossing the Alps for myself. I was stunned, amazed, and utterly overjoyed at seeing the magestic painting for myself. It was an awesome experience.

Posted on 04/12/05 by Perezoso, Los Angeles, CA
David is a Beethoven of painters, tremendous and unsettling: nearly a death of fine art in some sense. What other painter had such a massive technique and pure ideals? Delacroix perhaps matches him to some extent, but David's classical forms and lack of the expressionist or romantic fudge is pure vision come to light, free of the theological and the decorative: his best paintings are unblemished Parthenons. Would that all the cheap L.A. huckster-illustrators, academic fraud-decorators (i.e., UCLA), café artistes, and David Hockneys du jour would confront his power...

Posted on 04/06/05 by Pat Hascall, Cambria, CA
Read today's Wall Street Journal review and was pleased with the Getty Web site presentation. Wonderful opportunity to experience the technique of David and learn so much at the same time. Thank you.

Posted on 04/01/05 by Dr. Terry Thedell, San Diego, CA
Excellent use of available media types! The use of recorded tour information, the zoom feature, excellent graphic presentation, and superb text. Thank you.

Posted on 03/21/05 by Alfred Aboulsaad, Burbank, CA
Loved the exhibit! I wish you could have gotten the coronation piece I saw in the gift shop. It would be nice to see it on the Web site as well though (if possible). Thanks!!

Posted on 03/14/05 by Armando Báez Castro, San Miguel Hila, Mexico
This is beautiful to me. I want to be a good artist, maybe. Thanks.

Posted on 03/04/05 by Barbara Snyder, Bel Air, MD
The David exhibit was tremendous entertainment. It is only complemented by your astounding Web site. Thank you.

Posted on 03/03/05 by Lynda, Tarzana, CA
I visited the Louvre for the first time last summer and was entranced by the David paintings (purchased playing cards with the Alps painting). I loved this site and am so excited to visit the Getty to see all about what I have learned.

Posted on 03/02/05 by Bethanie Weber Rayburn, Fullerton, CA
I saw the David exhibition last Friday and was so pleased to be able to see so many of David's works, close to home, in one place. I am an art history major at Cal State Long Beach and had done a research project on David last year, which really was a labor of love, as it is still my favorite of all course work thus far. I only wish your wonderful exhibit (along with the catalogue) had been here then! I will have to come back and see this a few more times before it leaves town—I already felt as if I knew so many of these paintings as old friends and I want to be able to take the time to make more small discoveries of detail that only first-hand observation allows. Thank you for bringing my favorite artist of the Enlightenment to Southern California.

Posted on 02/28/05 by Katie, Bakersfield, CA
Fresh out of an introductory college art course, I had some small knowledge of David and what he was about. But I will tell you, seeing it in person is much better than a book any day. The detail and dedication shows in every one of David's masterpieces. I am in awe of artists who take what little resources are available and turn them into something extraordinary. Bravo, David: your art will live forever.

Posted on 02/26/05 by Brandy Bartosh, Santa Barbara, CA
I am a graduate student and teaching assistant at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The course for which I am student-teaching has just completed a segment on the development and advancement of the Academy in France and the notion of art and artist in the training and the service of the state, as well as in opposition to it. The David exhibition is a wonderful and immediate example with which I can help students better understand the academic systems and the position of the arts and artists in the turbulent times of the Ancien Regime and Revolutionary and Napoleonic France. The timeline on the Web site is especially helpful. Just terrific!

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