The Death of Socrates  1787

by Jean-François Pierre Peyron

At the Salon, the exhibition held by the French monarchs at the Louvre, two leading – and competing – artists both submitted a painting of this theme in 1787. [br] Most agreed that Peyron suffered defeat at the hands of his competitor, J.L. David (1748-1825), but even so Peyron’s picture became a principal work within French pre-revolution art. [b]Motif[/b] Peyron wa...
Courtesy of the National Gallery of Denmark