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Portrait Assumed to be of Jean-Baptiste-Robert Lindet, 1795

Jacques-Louis David
French, 1748 - 1825
pen and black ink with brush and grey wash over traces of black chalk on laid paper, laid down on laid paper
19 cm diameter
Purchased 1995
National Gallery of Canada (no. 37846)

This portrait in the form of a medallion, reminiscent of antique busts, was part of a series of nine depictions of "Montagnard" deputies, radical revolutionaries imprisoned in 1795. Jacques Louis David, who shared their fate, immortalized the features of his companions in misfortune in an intimist format. Of particular note are the delicate control of the wash and the economical but felicitous use of the pen, which follows the outlines drawn first in black chalk. In fact, this technical precision represents a nod to Neoclassicism, as does the pose of the model, captured with body in three-quarters view and head in profile, gaze directed upwards in a noble attitude.


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