The political arena in the nineteenth century was immense in many parts of the world, especially in the European part of the world. The pressure was felt as far as in the world of arts, which saw many artists use their artwork to put specific political messages across. The target audience is the common public and sometimes the leaders and politicians of that time. This submission will discuss two artists of the nineteenth century and also study how their art influenced the political arena, the circumstances surrounding the artworks and the message that the artwork intended to pass. In the submission, the artworks of Jacques Louis David and Gustave Courbet will form the basis of the discussion.
Jacques Louis David
Jacques Louis David was a painter, who used the neoclassical style of painting his artwork. He was a French national and is considered on the greatest painters of his time. His landmark paintings trace back from the Rococo type of art, onwards to the classical styles. During the last regime of Ancien, Jacques Louise David had harmonized the moral and the climatic feeling that came in between the Rococo and the classical austerity. Jacques Louis David's political work began when he began being a close follower and supporter of the French Revolution. Besides, he made a close friendship to Maximilien Robespierre.
Those that viewed is works during that time saw the dictatorship of the arts in the entire French Republic. His political inclinations saw him imprisoned after the fall of his close friend, Robespierre from power. He, however, became a close associate of Napoleon. This new friendship with Napoleon saw him develop the empire style of art, which involved using Venetian colors that were warm. His political influence was so magnificent and notable due to the many followers and pupils that he had. Below are two of his artworks that had a significant impact on the field of politics, and the circumstances that led to their drawing.
The Tennis Court Oath.
Jacques Louis David attempted to leave his artistic career through his drawing called, The Tennis Court Oath. This period was during the commencement of the French revolution. The painting, The Tennis Court Oath resulted, not from volition to draw it but from commissioning by the leaders at that time. The picture was commissioned to commemorate the Tennis Oath Court. The art was, however, no completed due to many political difficulties that made it impossible for artists to achieve works that had political affiliation messages. The Tennis Court Oath resulted fr
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