David was a French painter in the Neoclassical style, considered to be the preeminent painter of the era. Jacques-Louis David was then regarded as the leading painter in France, and even all of Western Europe.
David had a large number of pupils, making him the strongest influence in French art of the early 19th century, especially academic Salon painting.
To be one of David's students was considered prestigious and earned his students a lifetime reputation.
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