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The Impact of Graphic Art on the French Revolution Art has allways been an important part of history Sometimes it is even able to change or influence history by acting upon public opinion Many artists of all ages are known for their political involvement Although it is argued that the most important reason for the outbreak of the French Revolution was the political and economical instability of France during this period there is place for an agrument that art also had influence in starting the Revolution One of the most famous artists of the French Revolution was Jaques-Louis David In the early years of the Revolution David was a member of the extremist Jacobin group led by Robespierre and he became an energetic example of the politically committed artist He was elected to the National Convention in 1792 in time to vote for the execution of Louis XVI By 1793 as a member of the art commission he was virtually the art dictator of France and was nicknamed the Robespierre of the brush Not all of the people in France at the time of the Revolution could read and not even those who could read necessarily understood the writings of Voltaire or Rousseau However many more people could understand visual art Although the French Revolution is usually treated as a revolution of the poor it is also important to take into consideration that it was not started by the peasantry but by the nobility and wealthy businessmen of the Third Estate These were the people who had the time and money to attend theater and patronize artists These were the people that came to the galleries to view Davids works His works were
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