A brilliant artist at the height of his powers. A cautionary tale about the power of art. A tale of murder and martyrdom. Jacques-Louis David was a court painter turned radical revolutionary. "The Death of Marat (La Mort de Marat)" is painting made for the modern world. Jacques-Louis David was the leading painter in France working in the neoclassical style. His paintings would become emblems of the French Revolution, representing both the high ideals and the carnage.