A superb painter in pastels, she painted Marie-Antoinette, Queen of France, more than thirty times. She survived the revolution and terror to paint Napoleon’s youngest sister as a queen.
The 1890s saw an unexpected number of paintings of this civil war. Were they Republican or Royalist statements?
From the death of 14 year-old Joseph Bara to the massacre of local Catholics, civil war in the land to the south and north of the Loire was thoroughly brutal.
What does a painter do when the person who commissioned their portrait won’t pay, and demands the painting be withdrawn from show?
The most politically adept artist, David was a leader of the French Revolution, then a friend of Napoleon.