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“Jacques Louis David: Radical Draftsman” will open at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Thursday, February 17 and run through May 15. It will be the first exhibition devoted to works on paper by the celebrated French artist who captured the aspirations and suffering of a nation, while addressing timeless themes that continue to resonate today.
Through the lens of his preparatory studies, the exhibition looks beyond his public successes to chart the moments of inspiration and the progress of ideas. Visitors will follow the artist’s process as he gave form to the neoclassical style and created major canvases that shaped the public’s perceptions of historical events in the years before, during, and after the French Revolution.
Organized chronologically, the exhibition will feature more than 80 drawings and oil sketches—including rarely loaned or newly discovered works—drawn from the collections of The Met and dozens of institutional and private lenders.
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