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

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

The main thing that the artist could not escape is the interior. Very much it resembles the interior of French boudoirs in rich houses. Even the sofa and that with a slight French touch. Paris is presented here as the patron saint of muses and as the in love of the god of Roman Olympus. Elena is like a lovely queen of the human world.

This is the very Elena, because of which there were wars. But there is the artist’s cunning - this couple is already very chaste. At least the redness of their cheeks says a lot. What is it? Constraints on one's own nudity or feelings? And again, if you look closely, you can see where the artist was disguising for the second time ...

The poses of the heroes are too aristocratic. In general, it turned out - as it could. Of course, David does not claim the laurels of the painter - the historian, although a little later he will simply portray the murdered Marat with inspiration. And this will really be a historical canvas. And here it turned out a somewhat frivolous canvas, with already final preludes, the sofa was straightened, and Paris was somewhat undressed. Although Elena is almost chaste. Not a dock 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. It’s just a proof that sometimes the artist’s brush rests from his genius. Maybe the artist himself felt that his best works were ahead.

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