David's Studio

David's Studio
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For forty years David kept command of the art world, not only through his political choices and the prominence of his most famous commissions, but also through his mentoring of several generations of artists. In his studio, teaching was both traditional—based on the study of plaster casts and models—and innovative—women artists were welcomed, and David’s critiques encouraged a student’s particular qualities over rigid Academic standards. A painting by Léon-Mathieu Cochereau, one of David’s lesser-known pupils, shows young artists in David’s studio drawing and painting a model. LACMA’s collection also includes works by three of David’s most famous students: François Gérard, Baron Gros, and Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres. Whether they are famous or obscure today, passage through David’s studio was a defining moment in all of his pupils’ careers.

- J. Patrice Marandel. (2006)