Neoclassicism paintings originated in the eve of the French Revolution, the French bourgeoisie respected classical style, the implementation of the ancient Greek and Roman art language, style, subject matter, style, ancient satirical metaphor for reaching this goal. Due to the close relationship between the French Revolution, the classicism was given with new content, many artists break through the shackles of classical programs, create some practical significance of the work, which makes neo-classical often referred to "classical revolutionism".
Neoclassicism oil painting regards aesthetic in Renaissance as the guiding ideology, advocating antiquity, reason and nature, characterized by selecting a serious theme; pay attention to shape and integrity; emphasis on rational and emotional ignored; emphasized to the neglect of color sketches. The representatives of neoclassical paintings are Jacques Louis David and Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres. Jacques Louis David is not only a distinguished French painter, but also a social activist of the French Revolution. He often choose ancient Greek, Roman history hero story as a theme for creation works. In the image-building, with ancient sculpture as a template, and strive to express the character of generality, the composition sought rigorous, balanced pursuit of the sketch over emphasis on color. Ingres is credited as an icon of cultural conservatism in 19th century France. He is known for his obsessive quest for ideal beauty which resulted in his famous anatomical distortions. He was a respected portraitist and was commissioned to do work for the royal family.
If you are looking for neoclassicism paintings based on history stories on Artisoo gallery, you should never miss Jacques Louis David's The Death of Marat and Oath of the Horatii. Or if you prefer Ingres' portrait neoclassicism paintings, Portrait of the Princesse De Broglie, The Source and Portrait Of Mrs.Devauçay are good selections.