The painting above is one of the most famous paintings of the French Revolution, and it depicts a murdered revolutionary leader who was killed in his bathtub. The painter, Jacques-Lois David was the leading French painter of his generation and was politically aligned with Robespierre, and the revolutionaries. He served on the Committee of General Security, voted for the King’s death, and actually participated in the sentencing and imprisonment of many people during the Revolution. David had visited Marat at his home the day before he was murdered. He paints him almost as a martyred saint.
This painting is one of my favorites, because of the use of light. It is a large painting and it knocks the wind out of you when you see it full size.
This painting will be on the next test. You will need to know the name of the piece, the artist, and the story behind it.
“It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.”–Voltaire
Okay, this will go along with your studies this week on the French Revolution.
Also comment how Enlightenment thinking affected the Revolutions in France and also in the soon to be United States of America.