February 4, 2005 |
A rudimentary description of Jacques-Louis David, the Neoclassical artistic genius, casts him as the chief image maker along the Enlightenment road to the French Revolution. He's the one whose Greco-Roman parables of noble civic duty and wrenching personal sacrifice to national ideals, painted as grand episodes from historical theater, so impressed Thomas Jefferson when the American went to Paris in the 1780s.
June 23, 2006 |
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art snagged the top item in a Paris auction, paying $2.7 million for a portrait by Jacques-Louis David on Thursday at Christie's. "Portrait of Jean-Pierre Delahaye" -- a dramatic painting of a white-haired, white-shirted gentleman on a dark background -- was the star attraction in a $9-million sale of 155 Old Master and 19th century paintings. "It's a very big deal for us," said LACMA Director Michael Govan.
February 25, 1987 |
The J. Paul Getty Museum paid $4 million Tuesday for a painting by the 19th-Century French artist Jacques-Louis David that sold for less than $4,000 in 1950. Bidding for "Farewell of Telemachus and Eucharis"--called by Sotheby's New York auctioneers "the most important 19th-Century painting to be offered for sale in America in a generation"--began at $1 million and progressed in less than a minute to the final record bid.
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May 29, 1986 |
Charles Bierer Wrightsman, a retired oil executive turned philanthropist whose homes contained some of the important private art collections in the world, has died at the age of 90. Wrightsman, a benefactor and trustee of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art for three decades, died Tuesday at his Manhattan home. He also maintained homes in London and Palm Beach, Fla., where he often was host to President John F. Kennedy.
March 27, 1987 |
A lot of yelling has gone on, here and elsewhere, about established artists leaping on the Post-Modernist bandwagon out of venal motives. There are certainly such characters, but the lemming-like universality of the trend is beginning to feel as much like historical inevitability as mere opportunism. It has happened in the past. The tough Spanish realist Francisco Zurbaran had to soften his style to meet the popularity of the sentimental Murillo.
January 5, 1995 |
In 1800, Napoleon Bonaparte's troops rallied valiantly against the Austrians and turned the battle of Marengo from defeat into victory. It was a major turning point in Napoleon's career. In 1974, Valerie and George Tribelhorn decided it was time for their own Marengo. The two--both members of the Napoleonic Society of America, as it happened--had been involved with a large corporate restaurant operation but longed for something more personal.