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Jacques-Louis David

Death of Marat.

1793. Oil on canvas. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Brussels, Belgium. Read Note.

Jacques-Louis David. Death of Marat.

Jean-Paul Marat (1743-93) French revolutionary, radical politician, physician, physicist and journalist. He studied medicine at Bordeaux, Paris, Holland and London; then practiced medicine in England in the 1770s and in Paris from 1777. Simultaneously he went into scientific research in optics and electricity and wrote several scientific works. He was also interested in political issues; he joined the Cordelier Club. In September 1789 he started publishing his radical paper L’ami du peuple (The Friend of the People), which provoked and justified revolutionary violence. In 1792 he was elected a deputy to the Convention. With Robespierre and Danton he overthrew Girondins and helped to instigate the Reign of Terror. He was already very ill and could work only sitting in his bath, when on July 13, 1793 he was assassinated in his bath by Charlotte Corday, who was later executed. See allso Sometimes Strange Relations Happen…
See: Jacques-Louis David. Death of Marat.
History of the French Revolution. by Thomas Carlyle. Harper & Brothers, NY
Chambers Biographical Dictionary. Chambers. 1996