The painting “Comtesse Daru” by Jacques-Louis David, painted in 1810, is a gift for the husband of Countess Daru. The count was a prominent figure in Napoleon’s regime who had helped secure payment owed to David for his monumental painting of the coronation of Napoleon. This gift was David’s way of thanking Comte Daru.
David is known for his huge, dramatic canvases that depict historical figures such as Napoleon Bonaparte. However, “Comtesse Daru” is one of his few portrait works. The red rooms where it hangs feature more history paintings, which are traditionally considered to be the most important and prestigious genre in French art.
Jacques-Louis David was also a prolific teacher with many pupils and exerted great influence over French art in the early 19th century. His ability to paint impressive works across various themes made him one of France’s most celebrated artists. Visit this museum-quality handmade reproduction at the Frick Collection and witness firsthand how he portrayed “Comtesse Daru.”