“The Oath of Horace” is a large painting by the French artist Jean-Louis David in 1784. The painting is currently in the Paris Louvre. As soon as the picture came out from under the brush of the master, it immediately gained great success, both among the public and critics. The painting "The Oath of Horatius" remains one of the most famous paintings - representatives of the neoclassical style.
The painting depicts a scene from a Roman legend, which spoke of a dispute between two warring cities - Rome and Alba Long. Three brothers, ready to fight for their city, take the sacred oath - an oath to their father, blessing them to fight.
The painting is depicted in neoclassical art style. In her writing, various artistic methods were used. Overlapping the rows of profile figures is a common method in classical art, and is used in this picture.
Attention is focused on crossed arms, depicted by the artist in straight lines, which gives the classic clarity to the work of David. A clear organization of the picture, it is inherent in the strict symbolism of the number three, which again is another black artistic classicism.
Brush strokes are almost invisible, all details are shown as clearly as possible. This type of drawing is typical of the Rococo style. The painter’s technique is aimed at central figures; there are no hints of the veiled meaning of otherworldly objects.
The men are depicted in the picture as warriors - in clear, hard lines. This clarity underlines their courage and determination. While women are secondary characters, only complementing the overall composition. Women are curved like arches, this emphasizes their despair and experience.
This picture conveys a sense of patriotism of young people, the father’s faith in his sons, women's loyalty and devotion. David's work “The Oath of Horatius” reflects the values of the Enlightenment and is an example of neoclassicism.
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