The Death of Marat
Joseph Roques, who had been master to Ingres in Toulouse, made his way through the most troubled period in French history without too much difficulty, by swearing allegiance one after the other to the monarchy, to the Revolution, to the Consulate, to the Empire then to the Restoration. The most famous piece painted to honour the memory of Marat, killed in his bath by Charlotte Corday, is the one by David. The various revolutionary committees in the provinces had homages to Marat painted, whence the existence of this painting in Toulouse. Roques did not seek to show a serene, timeless hero but the grimace of an assassinated politician. What the work loses in solemnity, it gains in intensity.