Jacques-Louis David: Portrait of Jean-Pierre Delahaye, a Rediscovered Masterpiece

Hammer Building, Level 3
October 19, 2006–January 21, 2007

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) presents a special exhibition featuring the recent acquisition and first-ever public display of French artist Jacques-Louis David's Portrait of Jean-Pierre Delahaye(1815), along with works by eleven artists illustrating the portrait's historical context — all drawn from LACMA's permanent collection. In June 2006, LACMA purchased the painting at auction with funds provided by The Ahmanson Foundation; it had been in the sitter's family since its execution. Jacques-Louis David: Portrait of Jean-Pierre Delahaye, a Rediscovered Masterpiece opens at LACMA on October 19, 2006. Organized by J. Patrice Marandel, LACMA Chief Curator of European Painting and Sculpture, Jacques-Louis David: Portrait of Jean-Pierre Delahaye, a Rediscovered Masterpiece introduces David's portrait to Los Angeles audiences. In addition, the exhibition features works by Louis-Léopold Boilly, Léon-Mathieu Cocherau, Baron François-Pascal-Sim Gérard, Baron Antoine-Jean Gros, Adélaide Labille-Guiard, and Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres — all pupils of David — as well as works by their contemporaries, Robert-Jacques Lefèvre, François Masson, Jacques Sablet, Joseph-Benoit Suvée, and Joseph-Marie Vien.

This exhibition was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Curator: J. Patrice Marandel, European Painting and Sculpture.

Image: Jacques-Louis David (France, 1748-1825), Portrait of Jean-Pierre Delahaye, 1815, oil on panel, 24 x 19 1/4 in. (60.96 x 48.9 cm), M.2006.63.