Death of Marat, 1793
trilltrillian answered: The Death of Marat. I went all the way to Brussels, and that section of the museum was “gesloten” for the day, and we left the next day. Gah!
^That’s one I’ve always wanted to see too!
^^ Me in Art of the 1960’s.
Think history’s boring? Think again.
(It is not intentional that all of these pieces are from the 18th-19th centuries.)
Death of Marat
Jaques-Louis David 1793
There is so much going on in this painting, and that’s why it is one of my favorites. Marat was a very well known revolutionary during the French Revolution. He had a skin disorder (note: the gauze around his head) and spent most of his time in a bath. He wrote a newspaper called “L’Ami du peuple” (friend of the people) and wrote it on his… . what would you call it, bath-side table? Well during one particular bath he was killed. You can see the knife on the floor and a note in his hand with the name of his killer on it.
This painting was done to immortalize a hero. His lifeless body is still defined, and David painted his skin to be very smooth (although it was most certainly not). Yet, it is a very eerie painting. The background is very dark and the shadows on his body are harsh, in a way you feel like you are looking at something you really shouldn’t be.