OIL PAINTING: The Death of Marat, 1793
David was in a constant search for heroes to portray. David also attempted to catalogue the new heroes of the age, abortively in the Oath of the Tennis Court, and successfully in this pieta-like portrayal of the Death of Marat . He eventually lost out in the confused politics of the 1790s, was imprisoned under the moderate Directory and saved by the intervention of his estranged wife, symbolized in his Intervention of the Sabine Women (1799, Paris, Louvre). The Death of Marat strained his Classicism in the search for Greek purity.