DAVID, Jacques-Louis
(b. 1748, Paris, d. 1825, Bruxelles)

Portrait of Antoine-Laurent and Marie-Anne Lavoisier (detail)

Oil on canvas
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The painting records of the chemical apparatus in which the couple was deeply interested. A drawing by Madame Lavoisier shows her taking notes during one of Lavoisier's experiments, in David's picture it is Lavoisier who seems almost taking dictation from her.