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

Hector

1778
Oil on canvas, 123 x 172 cm
Musée Fabre, Montpellier

David discovered the dramatically lit and forceful canvases of Caravaggio and his followers, and his full-length male nude and semi-nude studies such as Hector of 1778 and Patroclus of 1780 show how he had begun to use light and shadow to give weight and density to his figures.