Challenges Experienced In Painting The Oath Of The Tennis Court

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ChallengesExperienced In Painting The Oath Of The Tennis Court


Thispaper seeks to explain why Jacqueos-Louis David, a French Painterfailed to finish his Oath of the Tennis Court painting. He facedvarious challenges between 1791 and 1792, which led to variousreasons why David did not complete the painting.

Frenchpainter Jacqueos-Louis David began but never finished a paintingtitled Oath of the Tennis Court (1791-1792) due to challenges, whichled to it not to be completed. During this era, revolution in Francehad begun and David in one way or another involved himself in thisrevolution. For example, David’s pupil Girodet was an active memberof the revolution process. This Revolutionary life of David proved tohave a negative influence in his history painting.

Tofinish the Oath of The Tennis Court, David would require an approvalby the political authority, which Thomas Crow described asimpossible.The aim of the painting also was to serve as a symbol of settling theconflicting parties in the revolution. This was made impossible bythe fleeing of the King of France to join outside enemies of theRevolution, the Jacobins split into adversaries in the monarchicalrule and republican factions.

Historypainting was used to direct a particular but clear message. But withThe Oath of The Tennis Courts as history painting, it was impossiblesince self-interested individuals caused fighting and economic crisisand attacks rendering the possibility of today’s hero beingtomorrow’s traitor since it was intended to bring political accord.Earlier, governing institutions could assist artists in various waysto promote their work, for example providing necessities such ashousing and training, but by the year 1792, revolutionary regimesfrom the new Republican government expected artists to sponsorthemselves in their work in a very tough economy.


ThomasCrow, (2002), PatriotismAnd Virtue, David To The Young Ingres,New York