The love of Paris and Helen - Jacques Louis David. Oil on canvas 144 x 180 cm
The painting, dedicated to the heroes of the ancient Greek epic Paris and Helena, was commissioned by David Count d’Artois, a lover of frivolous scenes.
In fairness, it is worth noting that the picture is not particularly shameless, though Paris, endowed with the beauty of Aphrodite herself, is naked, while Elena is dressed in spacious clothes. On the cheeks of both stood a shy, modest blush that gives the picture a charm and charm.
For the rest, the composition is presented as a harmonious mixture of ancient representations and French reality - Greek heroes are adjacent to a situation reminiscent of a Parisian boudoir, traditional robes with a French sofa. and nude Paris.
Of course, David’s great paintings are yet to come, but “The Love of Paris and Helen” has such a unique charm, bliss and a certain frank flair that it is simply impossible to pass by this work. That way the picture opens the anacreontic line of plots of David's paintings.