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French Revolution (00:0-1628)


The revolution ended the monarchy and nobles fled the country. The Rule of the Mob convicted several innocent people; Napoleon Bonaparte emerged. Andrew Graham-Dixon will explore artwork derived during this period of rebellion and exploration. (Credits)

Jacques-Louis David (05:18)

Louis XIV's military campaigns and construction of Versailles bankrupted the country. Louis XVI commissioned the "Oath of the Horatii" and "The Lictors Bring to Brutus the Bodies of His Sons."

Peasant Uprising (02:55)

The French Revolution ended the monarchy, Catholicism, and the aristocracy in France. David depicted moments of the uprising in "The Tennis Court Oath." King Louis XVI was executed by guillotine in the Place de La Concorde.

Murder of a Revolutionary (03:11)

The Musee Grevin has a wax depiction of Charlotte Corday killing Jean-Paul Marat in his bathtub. David also painted the subject portraying Marat akin to Jesus Christ.

Terror in France (01:57)

David sketched the image of Marie Antoinette on her way to the guillotine and painted portraits of nobility who concealed their wealth. Stray dogs came to the Place de la Concorde to drink spilled blood from the executions. Authorities imprisoned David but later released him.

Shrine to Bonaparte (02:53)

Musée de l'Armée holds personal items of Napoleon. Gregory Spourdos shows Graham-Dixon the hat the emperor wore during the Russian Campaign.

Napolean's Conquests (02:49)

Napoleon seized priceless treasures from other governments and paraded them through Paris. Graham-Dixon explains the symbolism behind "Napoleon at the Saint-Bernard Pass."

Understanding Napoleon (03:00)

When Napoleon invaded Egypt, he brought an army of artists to record its wonder. Graham-Dixon explores "Description de L'Egypte."

David's Successor (03:18)

David refused to go to Egypt, but recommended his pupil Antoine-Jean Gros. Graham-Dixon describes the symbolism behind "Napoleon visiting the Plague-Stricken in Jaffa." David painted "The Coronation of Napoleon," where the emperor crowned himself and his consort.

Other Napoleon Artwork (02:21)

Graham-Dixon visits Napoleon's throne at the Palais du Luxembourg, built by François-Honoré-Georges Jacob-Desmalter.

Napoleon's Downfall (04:18)

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres painted "Napoleon I on his Imperial Throne." In "The Battle of Eylau," Gros depicts Napoleon stranded among a sea of dead men. After Waterloo and the emperor's death, France was left bankrupt.

Generation after Napoleon (05:04)

Louis XVIII rose to power. Théodore Géricault created "The Raft of Medusa" after sailors became cannibals. Graham-Dixon describes the symbolism of the painting.

Eugène Delacroix (04:01)

"The Raft of the Medusa" propelled Delacroix toward insanity and he painted "The Barque of the Dante" in response. Graham-Dixon discusses the symbolism behind "The Death of Sardanapalus."

"Artists of All Times" (05:33)

Paul Delaroche painted the hemicycle at the Ecole des Beaux Arts; view Ingres' portraiture. Graham-Dixon explores the symbolism behind "The Turkish Bath."

Advent of Modern Art (02:25)

Workers began the construction of The Palais Garnie. France was changing and the Industrial Revolution had begun. Graham-Dixon explores Edouard Manet's impact on the art world.

Credits: There Will be Blood (00:31)

Credits: There Will be Blood

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Part of the Series : The Art of France
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Andrew Graham-Dixon explores how art in France took a dramatic turn following the French Revolution that ushered in a bold new world. From the execution of King Louis XVI and the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte—a figure who simultaneously repelled and inspired artists of his time—through to the rise of Romanticism and an art of seduction, sex, and high drama, Andrew explores artists including Jacques-Louis David, whose works appeared on the barricades and in the streets, as well as the work of Delacroix, Ingres, and the tragic but brilliant Theodore Gericault.

Length: 53 minutes

Item#: BVL145344

ISBN: 978-1-64347-158-7

Copyright date: ©2017

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