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It shows Napoleon Positioned Riding a Horse while pointing his right hand towards the other side like he is showing courage and leading an army to the other side of the Alps.
(Neoclassicism is focused on moral purpose, reason, and discipline.)
The commission specified a portrait of Napoleon standing in the uniform of the First Consul but J.L. David was keen to paint an equestrian scene. At first, Napoleon requested to be shown reviewing the troops but eventually decided on a scene showing him crossing the Alps.
(Equestrian refers to scenes with a horse)J.L. David Technique
David would white background as the base of the canvas directly underneath his colors, He worked using two or three layers. After having captured the basic outline with an ochre drawing, he would flesh out the painting with light touches, using a brush with little paint, and concentrating on the blocks of light and shade rather than the details.
With the second layer, David concentrated on filling out the details and correcting possible defects. The third and last layer was used for finishing touches: blending of tones and smoothing the surface.
Related Topic - Historical period of "Napoleon Crossing the Alps" by Jacques-Louis David.
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