Gros has often been seen as an artist who symbolize the shift from Neoclassicism to Romanticism. Earlier Romantic learnt in David's workshop: Gros was a disciple of him.
Gros is considered as a forerunner of color Romanticism that would be well developped by Delacroix. His master David was interested in Rubens andBarroque painting, after visiting the Low Countries. Gros would also develop Rubens techniques that take him to movement and color. This stream would influence Géricault and Delacroix.
As Gros was a student, Josephine Bonaparte introduced him to Napoleon in 1797 in order to get Roma's Prize. Napoleon received him in his court and made him a direct witness for his battles and military life. Gros experienced a shaking spectacle that was reflected in his painting.
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