Death of Marat by Jacques-Louis David

Death of Marat by Jacques Louis David

One of the masterpieces of world art is now considered painting “Death of Marat” , Written by the famous French painter Jacques Louis David. Marat was a very good friend of the artist and one of the most rigid and fanatical leaders of the bloodiest of the revolutionary events in France. He was killed by a critical hit the knife in his bathroom.

Therefore, this “portrait” of Marat, brilliantly drawn by the author, is a kind of reminiscent of the tragic events of those times. It is on this canvas the heroic artist’s realism reaches the best artistic expression. After the work was written under the direct impression of the actual events.

Masterpiece characterized by a combination of historical truth with the emotional power of perception of the artistic image. At the same time David in the picture is limited to only the most important parts of the image to reveal the tragedy: drooping lifeless, bloody wound, the knife and the letter. According to historical records, the patient Marat murdered in the bathroom. And he took it at the same time, when I read the letter insidious Charlotte Corday.

Distorted suffering and sorrow, character traits have a pronounced character portrait. Bright light and a clear black and white on a dark background arrangement of stress state of detachment. In the role of ancient sarcophagus viewer perceives bath with drapery fabric. A block where the ink set, performs symbolic tombstone with the epitaph: “David – Marat.”

The artist created a masterpiece, similar to the majestic monument strict. Thus, he wanted to perpetuate the memory of his friend as a French hero, and immortalized himself as the genius of the French painter.

Death of Marat by Jacques Louis David
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