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Mars Disarmed by Venus and the Three Graces :: Jacques-Louis David

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Oil on canvas, 1824 (308 x 262 cm)( 121,3 x 103 inch )


Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825)

Museus Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels

1824, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Brussels

Painting in epoch of classicism

The painting by the French artist Jacques-Louis David Mars Disarmed by Venus and the Graces. Picture size 308 x 262 cm, oil on canvas. The painting also known under the names Mars Disarmed by Venus and the Three Graces and Mars being disarmed by Venus and the three Graces. Judgment of art critics about David varies considerably, but no one denied his enormous historical significance. A resounding rebirth of finical French art started with David. He first again turned to the study of Antiquities, began to care about the purity of style and sound view on nature. David used this style in his works with conviction and vigour. Artist, however, essentially assimilated only the external features of the monuments of ancient art. Numb and deadness of his paintings are hence. In the paintings of David, instead of real feelings is seen theatrical artificiality, instead of passion – cheesy pathos, often exaggerated, it was not so much inspiration as cold calculation of mind. In addition, David is not rich in creativity: its composition differs by dispersion; in the paintings figures of the characters exaggerated poses; color is too monotonous, sometimes yellowish, cold and devoid of subtle nuances. Nevertheless, the picture carefully worked out, the forms are noble, elegant, and especially female figures, such as in the painting Mars Disarmed by Venus and the Graces.



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Published: 23.03.2010



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