Description of the painting by Jacques Louis David “Love of Paris and Helen”

Description of the painting by Jacques Louis David Love of Paris and Helen

Here, it would seem, a revolutionary painter, a chanter of the French Revolution, and suddenly a plot from ancient Roman history… Someone might find such a neighborhood strange, but just then French revolutionaries quite often turned to Roman history. And apparently on the wave of this enthusiasm, David, a famous artist, depicted two young people in love with each other on canvas.

The main thing that could not be avoided by the artist is the interior. He is very reminiscent of the interior of French boudoirs in rich houses. Even the sofa and the one with a slight French touch. Paris is represented here as the patron of the muses and as the loving god of Roman Olympus. Helen is like the charming queen of the human world.

This is the same Helen, because of which there were wars. But here there is an artist slyness – this couple is painfully chaste. At least, the redness of their cheeks says a lot. What is it? Constrictions own nudity or feelings? And again, if you take a closer look, you can see where the artist was a second time…

The poses of the heroes are too aristocratic. In general, it turned out – as it was possible. Of course, David does not claim the laurels of a painter and historian, although some time later he would simply portray the murdered Marat with inspiration. And it will really be a historical canvas. And here we have a somewhat frivolous canvas, with already final preludes, the sofa is straightened out, and even Paris is somewhat undressed. Although Helen is almost chaste. Not a match again? I guess it’s yes. We conclude: David knew the history of ancient Rome too freely, and in particular the myths and legends of Italy.

In general, the canvas is not particularly distinguished by anything. Simply, it is proof that sometimes the artist’s brush rests on its genius. Maybe the artist himself felt that the best of his work ahead.

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