Andromache Mourning Hector

Andromache Mourning Hector is an oil painting produced in 1783 by French painter Jacques Louis David.

David uses one of the most well-known scenes in this picture from antiquity.

The painting depicts an image of hector who was the husband of Andromache and he has been killed by Achilles. Andromache is mourning over her husband's death and she was comforted by his son. The nobility of Hector heroism by sacrificing his life for his people is matched by Andromache's nobility. David focuses the light on Andromache in his painting which tells about her sacrifice too. Jacques Louis David made many paintings typically in neoclassic themes and these were the values of self-sacrifice, patriotism, and the subordination of family during that period.

The work can be viewed at Musée du Louvre, Paris.

Artist: Jacques Louis David
Location: Musee du Louvre, Paris
Medium: Oil on Canvas
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Andromache Mourning Hector is an oil painting produced in 1783 by French painter Jacques Louis David.

The work of Louis stresses Andromache’s courage and nobility in accepting the cruel fate of her husband. The colors used are bold but still subordinate somehow to the central message. All other figures from the painting have been removed as the city’s key hero hector has been killed and to encapsulate Troy’s coming tragedy into the moving drama. Andromache’s right hand lies near her man’s side as she pays little attention to her small son Astyanax who is trying to comfort his mother, his left hand reaches for her mother’s face.

In this portrait, there are so many hands and arms linked to one another that David balances well to show them in a spiral pattern with so many creases and folds. This is a huge painting with dimensions 275 cm × 203 cm or 108 in × 80 in. The painting was presented on 23 August 1783 and it brought Jacques Louis David election to the Academie Royale in 1784.

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