Jacque-Louis David, the Inarticulate


This is a portrait of Jacques-Louis David by his student Jérôme Martin Langlois. No, this is no optical illusion. His face was exactly the way it is rendered in the picture. In his youth David was rather quarrelsome and received that scar on the right cheek in some duel. In the later years the wound resulted in a case of partial facial atrophy, which didn’t fail to give David a speech impediment. When in the days of Revolution the painter was elected to the National Assembly, where he by the way voted for the death of the king, the royalists, to avenge Louis XVI, nick-named Jacque-Louis the Fat Cheek.

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About versaillesgossip, before and after Francis Ponge

The author of the blogs Versailles Gossip and Before and After Francis Ponge, Vadim Bystritski lives and teaches in Brest France. The the three main themes of his literary endeavours are humor, the French Prose Poetry, the French XVII and XVIII Century Art and History. His writings and occasionally art has been published in a number of ezines (Eratio, Out of Nothing, Scars TV, etc). He also contributes to Pinterest where he comments on the artifiacts from the Louvre and other collections. Some of his shorter texts are in Spanish, Russian and French.
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