Jacques Louis David. (1748-1825).
The Intervention of the Sabine Women. (1799).
This scene of the removal of Sabines was the object of many artistic representations. Sabins are people of central Italy, they live in a mountainous country in the East of the Tiber. The legend reports that Romulus, wanting to get women with his companions, had the idea to organize plays in the great circus. During the spectacle, the Romans removed Sabines… An army was raised in response, but Sabines interposed between the combatants with their new-born babies and the two camps were reconciled. It is this angle which David chooses. The artist shows in the foreground 2 combatants the weapons with the hand, ready with fighting, and between them, to separate them, of the women and young children who interposes.
The point of view is at the foreground on the level of the 2 warriors. In front of this multitude the eye has evil to be fixed but very quickly the 2 warriors and the woman the isolated arms assert themselves. Then the glance goes down and the witness notices the children.
The Roman warrior is one the low tension field and the right tension field,
between 2 natural points of interest. The Sabine the isolated arms is cuts one the
lower tension field, closed to has natural not of interest, like cuts the warrior sabin.
One the third of higher pictorial space is reserved for the sky and the fortress.
Below Sabin and the Sabine occupy the left third the Roman warriors the right third.
The large rising diagonal passes on the Sabine and separates the warriors sabin
from the Roman.
This mother holds up her child in front of the spades of Sabins.
There are very young children on the ground and even a baby.
It is indeed a Roman shield. One recognizes the she-wolf nourishing Remus and Romulus.
The light comes from the right-hand side.
Colors : Harmonize between hot colors.
Jacques Louis David. The Oath of the Horatii. (1784).